On March 1st, 2023

California DCC Busts Large Illegal Marijuana Grow Operations in San Bernardino

“Investigating illegal marijuana operations not only helps to protect the licensed operators, it helps to protect California’s economy by disrupting the underground economy, and it’s a public safety issue.  Honey oil extraction labs pose a threat to neighbors, as does the illegal activity associated with illegal grows.  In addition, illegal cannabis growers use harmful herbicides that can affect the health of consumers.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona

SAN BERNARDINO – On February 28, 2023, the San Bernardino Police Department announced that as a result of five search warrants, state and local law enforcement officers discovered numerous illegal marijuana grows and a honey oil extraction lab.

The California Department of Cannabis Control, with the assistance of San Bernardino Police, served five search warrants in which they discovered several large-scale grow operations. The plants were removed and transported for destruction.

Investigating officers also located a functional and pressurized butane honey oil extraction lab which was then secured and later dismantled by the San Bernardino County IRNET team.

As a result of the search warrants:

  • 6,572 plants were destroyed,
  • 812 pounds of marijuana recovered
  • and more than $2,000.00 in cash was seized.

The estimated street value was approximately 2.5 million dollars.

Agencies involved in the investigation and warrant service were the following:

  • San Bernardino Police,
  • San Bernardino Code Enforcement,
  • San Bernardino Animal Control,
  • California Department of Cannabis Control,
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife,
  • Department of Tax and Fee Administration,
  • US Army National Guard, Southern California Edison.

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