Illegal Cannabis Farm Bust In Santa Cruz Mountains Nets Nearly 10,000 Plants

The sting is considered the largest in recent county history

The latest illegal pot farm bust took down more than 9,700 cannabis plants in 11 nonpermitted greenhouses managed by four full-time workers at Summit Road near Russell Ridge, a county spokesman said.

It is considered one of the largest sting operations against illegal commercial grow-ops in recent county history, spokesman Jason Hoppin said.

Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputies had a search warrant that stemmed from an investigation at the property last year, when authorities observed the greenhouses on a graded and stripped parcel, Hoppin said.

On May 30, officers searched the 3,000-square-foot greenhouses at site in operation at least two years ago, Hoppin said.

The site’s full-time staff lived in a small trailer that left unfiltered sewage and household fluids flowing onto the property.

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