More than 1,300 cannabis plants and about 500 pounds of processed cannabis product were seized from a suspected illegal cultivation facility northeast of Lompoc on Monday morning.
The bust came after officers with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team served a search warrant around 7 a.m. Monday in the 2000 block of Wild Oak Road, which is an unincorporated area near Lompoc. The search warrant was obtained after an investigation revealed the cannabis cultivation facility was operating with a temporary license that had been fraudulently obtained, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
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The plants and processed product were “eradicated,” the Sheriff’s Office reported. The 52-year-old Santa Barbara resident who was determined to be operating the facility will potentially face charges of perjury and illegal cultivation of cannabis. The Sheriff’s Office, which did not name the operator, reported that it will forward the case to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office for review.
The Santa Barbara County Cannabis Compliance Team was founded in June 2018 and consists of personnel from several county departments. The team primarily focuses on unlicensed and illegal cannabis operations within the county.
Anyone who suspects illegal cannabis cultivation activity is encouraged by the county to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 805-681-4100 and request to speak with a Cannabis Compliance Team detective. Anonymous tips can be left by calling 805-681-4171 or by visiting www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/.
Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.