COUNTY The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Cannabis Compliance Team served several unrelated search warrants over the past week, the Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.
This operations were aimed at eradicating illegal marijuana operations, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
On Sept. 14 detectives served a warrant in the 3500 block of Cebada Canyon Road near Lompoc, where 6,000 cannabis plants were ready for harvest and another 6,000 that had been recently harvested, with the product already moved offsite.
The site was operating outside legal parameters and had no license to operate. The destination of the harvested cannabis is unknown. The results of this investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review, according to a press release.
In an unrelated investigation, detectives served a warrant Monday in the area of the 300 block of Winchester Canyon Road in the unincorporated area of Goleta. Detectives located approximately 900 cannabis plants in various stages of growth and about 700 pounds of harvested marijuana in the drying process.
This operation was unlicensed and evidence was discovered indicating the operator was actively engaging in illegal cannabis sales of untested and unlicensed cannabis products. The operator of the site, 62-year-old Don Hartley of Goleta, was given a criminal citation on suspicion of cannabis cultivation.