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More Than 70,000 Marijuana Plants Seized, 11 People Arrested In Raids On Grows In Ventura County

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Ventura County Sheriff's Narcotics Investigators used helicopters during a string of raids on grows in the county

A series of raids in some mostly remote areas of Ventura County led to the seizure of more than 74,000 marijuana plants.

The amount of plants, and processed marijuana is up significantly over past years, with a 25% increase over 2019.  Working with the SWAT Team, the Aviation Unit, and other agencies, Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators conducted 18 raids in and around the Los Padres National Forest, in northern Ventura County.

In addition to the 74,600 marijuana plants seized, 1500 pounds of harvested pot was confiscated, along with 84 guns.

Sheriff’s Captain Brian Slominski says some of the marijuana grows have been linked to Mexican drug cartels.

Many of the sites were so remote helicopters had to be used to reach them.