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Authorities seize estimated $5 million worth of cannabis in illegal grow operation bust

–On July 30 and 31, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office along with partner agencies investigated two illegal trespass cannabis grows in Northern San Luis Obispo County. The cultivation sites were located in the area of Parkhill Road and Huer Huero Rd. Detectives harvested various stages of cannabis plants being illegally cultivated.

Members of the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit, Sheriff’s Cannabis Enforcement Unit, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Homeland Security Investigations, Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), Cal Fire, Code Enforcement, California Department Food and Agriculture (CDFA) – Cal-Cannabis, and the U.S. Forest Service Bureau of Land Management were involved in the investigations.

The illegal trespass grows were spotted by members of the Sheriff’s Cannabis Enforcement Unit a few days prior during a reconnaissance mission. Evidence at the scenes indicated both grow sites may be part of a Mexican National cultivation operation.

This type of operation, besides being illegal, produces many environmental hazards from the chemicals and pesticides used on the plants to the generation of large amounts of trash, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. A container of carbofuran was located at one of the properties, which is an illegal dangerous toxic pesticide known to be extremely hazardous, they say. Nearby water sources were affected and diverted to water the cannabis plants. A full investigation related to the ecological concerns are being investigated by members of the CDFW.

Approximately 5,000 plants were confiscated. If these plants had been allowed to mature, it is estimated the retail value of the cannabis would have been approximately 5 million dollars.

Five arrests were made for various narcotics and weapons charges:

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Published: August 06, 2020

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