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350,000 Marijuana Plants Seized On Central Coast; Officials Say Growing Licenses Were Fraudulent

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)
Some 350,000 plans were seized from a cannabis growing operation on the Central Coast

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.

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.