In what is being described as the largest marijuana growing operation investigated by the sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team since its inception last summer, several thousand illegal pot plants and thousands of pounds of processed marijuana were seized Thursday from an undisclosed location in Los Alamos in connection with fraudulent licensing case involving a Grover Beach dispensary, authorities said.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team served a search warrant at 805 Beach Breaks, a marijuana dispensary in the 1000 block of Highland Way in Grover Beach. Another search warrant was served in Los Alamos. Both search warrants were the result of a month-long investigation involving the CCT, sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, Santa Maria Police Department, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, the Grover Beach Police Department and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Kelly Hoover, sheriff’s spokeswoman, said in a news release.
“When the CCT arrived this morning to serve the search warrant in Los Alamos, deputies located the largest marijuana growing operation they have investigated since the team formed in June of 2018,” Ms. Hoover said.
At the Grover Beach location, deputies seized marijuana from the illegal operation and records associated with the investigation.
“While the investigation is still on-going, this case involves the issue of fraudulent licensing and the black-market diversion of cannabis,” said Ms. Hoover. “This diversion of cannabis into the illicit market is a public safety concern in that it doesn’t ensure the proper testing and licensing of the cannabis. It is also harmful to businesses that are complying with state and local laws and pay taxes on their proceeds.”
Further details were withheld Thursday.