Sheriff’s Team Eradicates Illegal Commercial Cannabis Near CarpinteriaJared Younker2019-02-13T11:26:53-08:00
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team, on Jan. 31, concluded a four-month investigation into a local cannabis cultivator, operating under the name of Power Farms LLC, just outside the city of Carpinteria.
During the investigation, which spanned two counties and involved three separate search warrants, detectives discovered one of the owners, whose name is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation, had provided false information during the county cannabis application process and was failing to follow proper shipping and manifest procedures.
The owners’s Los Angeles County home, was served with a search warrant. There, detectives seized several unregistered firearms, two which were reported stolen, as well as some 60 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana taken from Power Farms.
Detectives also seized thousands of dollars in cash and other items of evidence.
The investigation culminated in the voluntary surrender of the owner’s state temporary cannabis license, which resulted in detectives from the Cannabis Compliance Team, Special Investigations Bureau, District Attorney’s Office, and Game Wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, eradicating and removing illegal cannabis from Power Farms as they no longer had a valid state permit to cultivate or possess commercial cannabis.
The Santa Barbara County Cannabis Compliance Team was founded in June 2018 and consists of personnel from many disciplines within a variety of county departments. The team primarily focuses on unlicensed and illegal cannabis operations within the county and the safety of the public.
— Kelly Hoover for Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.