Gaviota Area Grow
Trash From Cuyama Valley Grow
More Than 5,000 Marijuana Plants Eradicated in Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara County - August 8th, 2013
5,000 plants worth an estimated potential street value of about 16 million
dollars have been destroyed as a result of two recent Marijuana Eradication
Operations. Both operations occurred on United States Forest Service Land in
Santa Barbara County and involved collaboration from several different
The most recent operation
occurred today, August 8, in the Gaviota area above the Gaviota Tunnel. The
marijuana grow was discovered by a crew observing out of a Santa Barbara County
Air Support helicopter. Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives along with personnel
from the California National Guard and California State Parks responded to the
site early this morning. About 2,500 plants were discovered and eradicated.
Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit Copter 2 assisted.
Last week, on August 1, Sheriff’s
Narcotics Detectives, along with California National Guard representatives
conducted a Marijuana Eradication Operation in the Sulfur Springs Canyon area of
the Cuyama Valley. This time about 3,000 plants were discovered. Several
hunters initially discovered the illegal grow and reported it to the Sheriff’s
Office. Santa Barbara County Air Support provided two helicopters to assist in
removing the marijuana and about 3,000 pounds of trash found at the scene.
Several weapons were found at the scene as well and booked into evidence. No
suspects were observed.
Both operations are under
investigation by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit. The
Sheriff’s Office wants to remind residents that if they come across an illegal
growing operation or see suspicious activity that they should leave the area
immediately and call authorities. The suspects involved in marijuana growing
operations are often times armed and potentially dangerous.
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