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Santa Barbara County busts big marijuana grow, dispensary

March 29, 2019

LOS ALAMOS, Calif. (AP) — The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says a raid by its cannabis compliance team this week led to seizure of hundreds of thousands of illegal marijuana plants and thousands of pounds of processed marijuana for sale.

The office says search warrants were served Thursday on a huge marijuana growing operation in Los Alamos and at a marijuana dispensary in Grover Beach, where records and marijuana were seized.

The sheriff’s office is withholding details due to the ongoing investigation, but says the case involves the issue of fraudulent licensing and the black-market diversion of cannabis.

Authorities say illegal cannabis may not be properly tested and harms legal businesses that pay taxes.

The growing operation is described as the largest investigated by the cannabis team since it was formed in June.