San Diego County authorities have discovered an illegal cannabis farm with 15,000 plants worth an estimated $7.5 million, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The 9 1/2 pounds of cannabis was located in Valley Center, a rural community northeast of San Diego.
Illegal Cannabis Farming
California legalized cannabis in 2016, and adults above 21 can grow six plants in their homes. The seven individuals arrested for this incident have clearly exceeded this limit. Unfortunately, this is not a new problem for Southern California.
“It is not uncommon for investigators to find dangerous chemicals, illegal pesticides, and other hazardous materials used at unlicensed marijuana grow sites,” the department’s statement said. “These dangerous materials may enter the local groundwater supply and streams, creating extreme environmental hazards.”
San Diego Gas & Electric, the county’s code compliance team, the California Water Board, and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife helped in the operation and found fire dangers and health and safety risks at the farm, according to the Sheriff’s Department.