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Search warrant leads to discovery of illegal marijuana grows in SLO Co., officials say

Posted at 3:07 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 19:50:09-04

A search warrant related to black market marijuana grows and an unlicensed marijuana delivery service was served by multiple agencies Tuesday in parts of San Luis Obispo County.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Public Information Officer Janice Mackey says the locations were in Los Osos and Arroyo Grande. She did not disclose specific addresses.

She tells KSBY that while the operators did have a legal marijuana grow, there were also other parcels that were illegal along with an unlicensed cannabis delivery service.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and California Department of Food and Agriculture assisted fish and wildlife in serving the search warrant.

Mackey says the Dept. of Food and Agriculture was involved since that agency is the one responsible for licensing cannabis cultivation sites.

Those will legal marijuana cultivation sites must check in with fish and wildlife so officials can make sure wildlife is not being harmed, water diverted or land damaged due to the grows.

Mackey says more information on Tuesday’s operation may be released in the coming weeks.

She adds that charges will be pending with the district attorney’s office.