Posted: Aug 17, 2012 9:20 AM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News
Updated: Aug 17, 2012 9:21 AM
About 25 law enforcement personnel from Santa Barbara County law enforcement agencies teamed up to complete several days of Marijuana Eradication, seizing about 12,000 mature plants, street valued at about $30 million. The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department said, marijuana fields in Santa Barbara County have grown throughout the year, with the majority of plants being planted in the National Forest area.
Santa Barbara law enforcement and California Department of Justice CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) Task Force and the National Forest Service and the Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team searched two locations. The Sierra Madre Road and an area off of East Camino Cielo, in total the operation seized approximately 12,00 marijuana plants.
Also during the operation trash, tents, tarps and various chemicals were removed from the forest. Deputies also noticed signs of illegal poaching after they found animal parts near the illegal camps.
No arrest have been made, anyone who sees suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact the Santa Barbara County Sherriff's Office.
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