Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Marijuana Plants Eradicated From Private Land

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office conducted a Marijuana Eradication Operation yesterday on private property. Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives, along with California National Guard representatives and with the assistance of Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit Copter 2 destroyed about 4,000 marijuana plants worth an estimated potential street value of $12 million dollars.  The plants were located on private land adjacent to Santa Rosa Road between the cities of Lompoc and Buellton.
 
The landowner notified the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office when he discovered that individuals had trespassed onto the property, diverted the livestock water and that they were illegally growing marijuana. No suspects were observed or located during the course of the operation. The case is under investigation.
 
The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind property owners that while most of the illegal marijuana grows have been discovered on public land so far this year, the activity is occurring on private land as well. Property owners should be aware that individuals involved in these illegal operations are willing to trespass onto private land to conduct their operations. If you suspect there is marijuana being grown on your property, you should avoid contact with anyone who may be involved and contact law enforcement immediately. The Sheriff’s Office actively works with property owners to address trespassing issues, including instances where individuals are illegally growing marijuana.

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