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Thousands of illegal commercial cannabis plants seized near Carpinteria

22,420 illegal commercial cannabis plants seized from greenhouses near Carpinteria. (Courtesy of Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department)

Approximately 22,420 cannabis plants were eradicated from three separate greenhouses near Carpinteria during a four-month long investigation that concluded on Jan. 31.

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, their Cannabis Compliance Team conducted an investigation into a local cannabis cultivator operating under the name of Power Farms LLC which is located just outside of Carpinteria.

Detectives discovered one of the owners of Power Farms had provided false information during the county cannabis application process, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department PIO, Kelly Hoover

The owner whose identity is not being released as the investigation is ongoing also failed to follow proper shipping and manifest procedures, said Hoover.

During the investigation, the owner’s Los Angeles County home was searched following a search warrant and several unregistered firearms were seized two of which were reported stolen, according to Hoover.

60 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana was also seized at the property, according to officials.

The owner voluntarily surrendered his state temporary cannabis license, which resulted in the eradication of the illegal cannabis from Power Farms, said, Hoover.

In addition to the thousands of marijuana plants, 1,420 pounds of dried and drying cannabis were also seized from the greenhouses.

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Published: February 03, 2019

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