It’s a sad and repetitive spectacle in California. And it’s one we’d hoped to leave behind when Cannabis prohibition officially “ended.” The latest seven-day “marijuana enforcement” operation in San Bernardino County, California, resulted in 34 arrests, police said, reports The Sun.
The operation, part of the obnoxiously named “Operation Hammer Strike,” happened between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7. Investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team, along with deputies, served 26 search warrants.
Deputies served warrants in Lucerne Valley, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, Wonder Valley, Helendale, Newberry Springs, Pinon Hills, Phelan, Daggett, Barstow, and Rancho Cucamonga, the department said.
The cops claimed they had received ‘numerous complaints” about large outdoor and indoor illegal (as in unlicensed and untaxed) marijuana grows.
Charges brought were cultivation of Cannabis over six plants, possession for sales of marijuana, illegal water discharge, and possession of a firearm with obliterated serial number.
Deputies Steal, I Mean Seize, 33,189 Plants, 4 Tons Weed, $24,000 Cash
Over the past week, San Bernardino County sheriff’s personnel seized 33,189 marijuana plants and 8,588 pounds of processed marijuana. They also nabbed nine guns, and more than $24,000 in cash.
Investigators “eradicated” 211 greenhouses found at these locations. They also busted two indoor grows. Additionally, investigators mitigated one electrical bypass where a grower was stealing power, always a terrible idea.
Cops claim investigations revealed the marijuana grow were not in compliance with California’s Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. They also violated San Bernardino County’s regressive ordinance prohibiting commercial marijuana activity, which includes growing Cannabis plants outdoors.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division handled the investigation. That’s quite interesting, as Cannabis has precious little to do with either Gangs or Narcotics. It does, however, have a fuck load to do with taxes. That’s especially true since the damn stuff was quasi-legalized in California years ago.