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Authorities seize 20 tons of cannabis in 4-day raid

June 23, 2019
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This Wednesday, June 19, 2019, photo released by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff shows an illegal cannabis cultivation site in the City of Santa Maria, in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. Authorities have seized 20 tons of illegal cannabis in a raid that took four days complete following a two-month investigation. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office also says Saturday it destroyed 350,000 cannabis plants from the illegal grow outside Buellton, a city about 140 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Police say the raid began June 17 and it took four days. Authorities say the property owner had not been contacted or found as of Saturday. (SAnta Barbara County Sheriff via AP)
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This Wednesday, June 19, 2019, photo released by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff shows an illegal cannabis cultivation site in the City of Santa Maria, in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. Authorities have seized 20 tons of illegal cannabis in a raid that took four days complete following a two-month investigation. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office also says Saturday it destroyed 350,000 cannabis plants from the illegal grow outside Buellton, a city about 140 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Police say the raid began June 17 and it took four days. Authorities say the property owner had not been contacted or found as of Saturday. (SAnta Barbara County Sheriff via AP)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have seized 20 tons (18 metric tons) of illegal cannabis in a raid that took four days complete following a two-month investigation.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office also says Saturday it destroyed 350,000 cannabis plants from the illegal grow outside Buellton, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) from Los Angeles.

Police say the raid began June 17 and it took officials four days to seize the cannabis. They also executed a search warrant in Santa Maria in San Luis Obispo County.

The sheriff’s office says cannabis was grown year-long and a large amount had been harvested previously.

Officials say they also probed fraudulently obtained state cannabis licenses and the suspected sale of undocumented cannabis.

Authorities say the property owner had not been contacted or found as of Saturday.

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