A months-long investigation led to the seizure and eradication of thousand of marijuana plants and processed cannabis this month at a cultivation site near Santa Maria, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team, with the assistance of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, served several search warrants at the grow site in the area of Morning Hill and Dominion Road east of Santa Maria, as well as various homes in the city, said Lt. Erik Raney.
“The search warrants resulted in the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal cannabis, and cannabis-related products being offered for sale,” Raney said. “Approximately 2,800 cannabis plants were eradicated from both indoor and outdoor cultivation sites, and hundreds of pounds of processed cannabis was seized.”
An operational butane honey oil lab also was discovered during the search, and honey oil was seized, Raney said.
No arrests were made, Raney said, adding that criminal complaints will be forwarded to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office for review.