Authorities remove marijuana plants from private land


Authorities remove marijuana plants from private land

Illegal Marijuana Grow Discovered on Private Land

Landowner Found Crop After Spotting Trespassers

Saturday, August 31, 2013
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Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office personnel along with members of the California National Guard removed approximately 4,000 illegal marijuana plants growing on private land along Santa Rosa Road between Lompoc and Buellton. The plants, which had a street value of around $12 million, were discovered by the landowner when he spotted people trespassing on his property and found they had diverted livestock water to grow the cannabis crop. No one was arrested during the eradication on August 29, and the case is under investigation.

“The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind property owners that while most of the illegal marijuana grows have been discovered on public land so far this year, the activity is occurring on private land as well,” said Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover in a prepared statement. “Property owners should be aware that individuals involved in these illegal operations are willing to trespass onto private land to conduct their operations. If you suspect there is marijuana being grown on your property, you should avoid contact with anyone who may be involved and contact law enforcement immediately.”


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News report fears massive Yosemite fire caused by illegal pot growing operation. Thank you pot heads for your harmless addictions.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
August 31, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Poor foofi, fighting a losing battle. The winds of change, they are a blowing. I hope your head doesn't explode when California follows Washington and Colorado.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
August 31, 2013 at 11:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Actually Foo, if by chance it happens to be true that the Rim Fire was indeed caused by an illegal pot operation in the back country, the continued illegality of pot would bear the primary blame since such remote operations would not otherwise exist if growing pot were not illegal.

RobEgenolf (anonymous profile)
August 31, 2013 at 7:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

foo doesn't listen to reason, RobE, but likes reading Ron Paul and propagating the Tea Party manifesto, such as it is...I guess, everything's the government's fault and there are conspiracies everywhere.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
August 31, 2013 at 8:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And Dan doesn't like addressing the issues. He prefers to disparage the people posting comments he doesn't agree with.

Botany (anonymous profile)
August 31, 2013 at 8:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think it should be legalized, that said Rob - it wouldnt be the continued illegality at fault if it turns out that's what started the fire. It would be the dealer looking to make money in a illegal product. The only real blame if it proves true is with the person who started this.

I don't care if you are offended but your comment is the intellectual equivalent of someone saying a rape victim asked for it due to the way they dressed.

pointssouth (anonymous profile)
September 1, 2013 at 11:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I disagree points.

It is more analogous to the harm to a woman that might result from an illegal back room abortion in a place where otherwise legal abortions are prohibited

The abortion is most certainly going to take place but the potential for harm is far greater when it is outlawed

RobEgenolf (anonymous profile)
September 2, 2013 at 7:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

That's the biggest hanging house plant I've ever seen. :-)

Just one more instance of a stupid waste of money and law enforcement resources. Anybody heard of any effort to get a legalization Prop on the 2014 ballot?

SezMe (anonymous profile)
September 2, 2013 at 1:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Must have been some very mellow cows on that property.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
September 2, 2013 at 5:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The losing battle so far has been the potheads trying to run legitimate business operations, while stoned. Darwin rules. Attrition wins this battle; not I.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
September 2, 2013 at 9:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My bad Rob of course you are correct. The cartel growers on national forest land who started the La Brea fire were freedom fighters, the ones who chased the hikers in New Cuyama were stand up people. The guys in Humboldt who locked the 15 year old girl in a box from LA and raped her are of paragons of virtue.

Its all the fault of the government and the laws, not the people in the marijuana trade being sketchy characters. Its not like for $150 for a doctor recommendation I cant grow my own in this state, its the governments fault. If Yosemite burns; its not the growers fault they are the standard bearers of liberty, its the governments how could I be so stupid. Those 50,000 plus Mexicans who died can take comfort in knowing they died so Americans can exercise their god given right to get high and by dying struck a blow against government tyranny. Viva the brilliance of Rob Engenolf!!

Again I support legalization since we are essentially there anyways.

pointssouth (anonymous profile)
September 2, 2013 at 10:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't you get it?? The 'sketchy characters' growing cannabis in the foothills doing whatever damage they are doing wouldn't be growing cannabis in the foothills nor inflicting said damage if it wasn't illegal. How hard is this to understand? By criminalizing a plant, you are actually creating more opportunities for illegal activity and damage to occur. SO STOP IT.

It's really hilarious that people who are anti-cannabis are the ones who are intellectually challenged as they attempt to make completely illogical arguments and make fun of those who choose to consume cannabis. It makes them look especially foolish.

And DrDan, please don't disparage Ron Paul over this, if foofighter has any inclination toward the freedom philosophy they wouldn't be making this asinine argument. They are not Ron Paul supporters.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
September 3, 2013 at 12:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I wonder why the Sheriff's Department didn't put the crop under surveillance and monitor it until harvest time, then nab the growers, who would have come in a group to partake in the cutting and binding their harvest. Seems like a waste to pull the crop and disturb whatever safeguards were left to warn the growers of police involvement, let the sleep dog lie until it's time to wake' em.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
September 4, 2013 at 10:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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