350,000 Marijuana Plants Seized On Central Coast; Officials Say Growing Licenses Were Fraudulent
A massive raid on a cannabis growing operation on the Central Coast led to the seizure of 350,000 plants, with an estimated value of $20 million dollars. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigators learned about the possible operation near Buellton a month ago. They gathered enough information to get four search warrants.
Some three dozen law enforcement officers took part in the raids, which focused on a nearly 190 acre chunk of land on West Highway 246 just outside of the City of Buellton.
Investigators say the marijuana was being grown with fraudulently obtained cannabis licenses. No arrests have been made yet.