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Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Says Marijuana Eradication Season Netted 60,000 Plants

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 5:49pm

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department says it’s closing the books on a huge marijuana eradication season, with the total plants seized having a street value of 120 million dollars.

The majority of the nearly 60,000 plants confiscated in 17 raids came from the Los Padres National Forest.

No arrests have been made in connection with those raids, but department officials say the crops increasingly seem to be the work of drug cartels.  Officials say they found a number of sophisticated growing operations, with irrigation systems, and support campsites.

Earlier this week, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department reported  they had a record marijuana eradication season, which included 22 arrests.

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