Carpinteria Detectives seized more than 22,000 cannabis plants from an illegal commercial cannabis operation outside Carpinteria on Thursday.
The bust was the culmination of a four-month investigation by the sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team, according to a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department news release.
Sheriff’s officials say one of the owners of Power Farms LLC provided false information during the county cannabis application process and failed to follow proper shipping and manifest procedures.
Detectives served a search warrant at the owner’s Los Angeles County home where they found several unregistered firearms, two of which were reported stolen, approximately 60 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana taken from Power Farms, thousands of dollars in cash, and other evidence.
The owner voluntarily surrendered his state temporary cannabis license.
Detectives and game wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, eradicated and removed illegal cannabis from Power Farms for lack of a valid state permit to cultivate or possess commercial cannabis.
Approximately 22,420 cannabis plants were eradicated from three green houses and approximately 1,420 pounds of dried or drying cannabis was seized.
The name of Power Farms’ owner is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.