Approximately 2,800 cannabis plants were eradicated and hundreds of thousands of dollars and illegal cannabis and weed-related products were seized this week by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Cannabis Compliance Team.
The sheriff’s office worked with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and conducted a months-long investigation into an unlicensed and illegal cultivation operation in the area of Morning Hill and Dominion Road in Santa Maria. The investigation culminated with the service of several search warrants, which were served over the course of two days at various homes in Santa Maria, the unincorporated area of Santa Maria, Nipomo and unincorporated Arroyo Grande, said Lt. Erik Raney, sheriff’s spokesman.
Both indoor and outdoor plants were eradicated in the bust. In addition, an operational honey butane oil lab was located and butane honey oil was seized, Lt. Raney said.
No arrests were made during the service of the warrants. Criminal complaints will be forwarded to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office for review.