Deputies raid Valley Middle hashish develop, seize almost $eight million price of product

The sheriff’s detectives and SWAT MPs raided a cannabis plant in the Valley Center Friday morning and confiscated nearly $ 8 million worth of live plants from what sheriff officials said was illegal.

MPs arrested seven people while issuing a search warrant on Cole Grade Road near Fruitvale Road around 7:30 a.m., Sheriff Sgt. Mike Davis, who is from the Valley Center Substation, said in a press release.

Several churches, parks, and schools are located near Cole Grade Road. Davis said the warrant served on “community concerns over illegal marijuana operations near schools and residential areas” was part of an ongoing investigation into allegedly illegal cannabis growing areas in and around Valley Center.

Sheriff’s staff seized 15,000 live cannabis plants at Valley Center Friday morning – with an estimated street value of about $ 7.6 million.

(Courtesy of the San Diego County Sheriff)

Detectives from the Valley Center substation’s crime-fighting team carried out the raid with the help of the San Diego County’s SWAT unit – also known as the Special Correctional Command – and staff from the agency’s Narcotics and Gang Division. They confiscated 15,000 live cannabis plants and just under 10 pounds of processed cannabis products.

Sheriff officials said the plants and products have an estimated street value of more than $ 7.6 million.

Officials from the State Department of Fish and Wildlife and Water Resources Control Board were on site during Friday’s raid, along with a county code compliance team and San Diego Gas & Electric staff.

“They discovered numerous violations on the property that posed immediate health, safety and fire hazards,” said Davis, adding that investigators are also finding illegal pesticides and other hazardous materials in unlicensed growing areas.

The raid was the third of its kind by the Sheriff’s Department in three days. On Thursday, MPs searched an acreage off State Route 79 in Warner Springs, where they seized several hundred live plants valued at an estimated $ 500,000, as well as seven firearms and approximately $ 10,000 in cash.

On Wednesday, MPs raided a pharmacy near Campo Road in Spring Valley, where they processed hundreds of pounds and confiscated concentrated cannabis, edibles and vape products.

Despite the nationwide vote in 2016 that legalized cannabis in California, for years, district officials chose not to approve cannabis businesses in unincorporated parts of the district, making pharmacies and growing areas illegal or unlicensed in much of the area covered by the sheriff’s department are.

District regulators voted 4-1 in January for a new policy that will legalize and regulate cannabis growers and sellers in areas with no legal personality.

“Everyone in my district when I was campaigning complained about the illegal ones,” Supervisor Joel Anderson said during the January session. “Nobody had a problem with the legal ones.”

A final draft of the new district ordinance was originally due to be released next week, but in March district regulators postponed that deadline and voted earlier this month to produce a two-year environmental impact report of the proposed cannabis expansion.