H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Jul 24, 2013 8:15 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

$85 Million worth of marijuana eradicated in Santa Barbara County

Millions of dollars of marijuana plants eradicated in Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says 28,000 marijuana plants, worth about $85 million, were eradicated during operations between Thursday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 23.

The Sheriff's Office says ten illegal marijuana growing operations were found in the Cuyama Valley and Figueroa Mountain area.

Two people, Jose Rivera, 46, of Ventucopa, and Jose Garcia-Armas, 34, of Los Angeles, were arrested and face charges of marijuana cultivation.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the United States Forest Service, California National Guard, Santa Barbara Regional Narcotics Enforcement Team, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as part of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), coordinated by the California Department of Justice.

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