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String Of Cannabis Raids In Santa Barbara County Leads To Seizure Of Thousands Of Plants

(San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office photo)
Cannabis seized by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

A crackdown on some unlicensed cannabis operations on the Central and South Coasts has resulted in the seizure of thousands of marijuana plants, and hundreds of pounds of the drug packaged for sale.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team served search warrants in Los Olivos, Lompoc, Montecito, and Carpinteria.

In Los Olivos, investigators say they found six workers packaging illegal cannabis. In Lompoc, they say they found 19,000 illegal plants, as well as a large quantity of dried marijuana. 

In Montecito, more than 100 pounds of cannabis packaged for sale was found in a home.  Investigators say an illegal packaging operation was also found in the community.  Finally, a raid in Carpinteria led to the seizure of 1900 marijuana plants.

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.