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Gaviota Area Grow


Gaviota Area Grow



Trash From Cuyama Valley Grow


Trash From Cuyama Valley Grow

More Than 5,000 Marijuana Plants Eradicated in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County - August 8th, 2013

About 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 agencies. 

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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