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Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Discovered In Eastern Ventura County

(Ventura County Sheriff's Office photo)
More than 2,000 marijuana plants were seized from an illegal grow operation in eastern Ventura County

More than 2,000 plants seized

While marijuana growing and use has been liberalized in California, larger scale grow operations still have to be licensed. In Ventura County, narcotics detectives say they just discovered a large scale unlicensed operation.

Investigators say they seized more than 2000 plants from a sophisticated grow operation off of East Tierra Rejada Road, between Simi Valley and Moorpark. There were several greenhouses, along with an irrigation system and generators.

They arrested Oscar Gonzales of Bakersfield on several narcotics charges. Two other people fled the scene, and were able to avoid arrest. The confiscated plants had an estimated street value of $3.5 million dollars.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.