Santa Barbara Sheriffs Seize Hundreds Of Thousands Of Cannabis Plants In Raid

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team (CCT) raided a black market dispensary in Grover Beach on Thursday morning as well as an illegal cultivation facility in an undisclosed location in Los Alamos.

Officers were assisted by personnel from other allied agencies including the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, the Santa Maria Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Grover Beach Police Department.

Following a month-long investigation, CCT served a search warrant at the 805 Beach Breaks dispensary on Highland Way in Grover Beach at around 8:30 a.m. on March 28. During the raid, deputies seized cannabis products and records associated with the case.

CCT simultaneously served a second search warrant at a Los Alamos cannabis cultivation facility which the team determined to be the largest they had encountered since their formation in June of 2018.

The team discovered hundreds of thousands of cannabis plants at the facility, as well as thousands of pounds of processed cannabis ready for sale.

Further details of the case have not been revealed as of yet as it is still an active investigation, though Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office says that it involves licensing fraud and the black market diversion of cannabis.

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