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Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office destroys thousands of illegal cannabis plants after bust

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jun 06, 2019

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office announced Thursday that it had busted an illegal cannabis operation with facilities in Los Olivos and Lompoc.

The sheriff’s office says investigators served search warrants in Los Olivos and Montecito on May 21.

Deputies say the warrants were related to illegal and unlicensed cannabis transportation, processing, and sales.

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The first warrant was served in the 2400 block of Grand Avenue in Los Olivos, where detectives say they found six people who were trimming cannabis that came from an illegal cultivation site in Lompoc. One of the workers was a minor.

Detectives seized evidence at the scene, including more than 1,000 pounds of processed marijuana, cannabis oils and extracts, and items that would be used in a honey oil lab.

Cannabis bust
Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office


Detectives then served another search warrant at a suspect’s home in the 100 block of San Ysidro Road in Montecito. There, detectives say they located more than 100 pounds of cannabis packaged for sales, cannabis oils and extracts, and other items indicating illegal and undocumented sales.

The following day, on May 22, detectives served another search warrant in the 2500 block of San Miguelito Canyon in Lompoc.

Investigators found more than 19,000 cannabis plants in three areas on the 108-acre piece of land. Detectives also found and destroyed thousands of pounds of dried, drying, and processed cannabis.

The sheriff’s office says Brian Adams, 37 of Montecito, was cited for cultivating, transporting, and sales of cannabis without a license.