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Sheriff: Illegal cannabis grow discovered near Lompoc during fire

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Posted at 6:06 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 21:06:55-04

A cannabis grow that was damaged in a brush fire Wednesday east of Lompoc was determined to be operating illegally, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

The fire burned about 17 acres and destroyed a shed, a vehicle, and some agricultural equipment.

It broke out at around 1 p.m. in the 4700 block of Sweeney Rd.

Members of the county's Cannabis Compliance Team executed a search warrant at the property later that evening.

Sheriff's officials say they eradicated 1,800 plants in various stages of growth and seized approximately 100 pounds of processed marijuana.