3,000+ pot plants seized
LOCKWOOD VALLEY – Ventura County Sheriff’s authorities seized thousands of marijuana plants valued at $4.8 million from an illegal grow in the unincorporated Lockwood Valley area.
On Tuesday, deputies served a search warrant in the 1100 block of Eugene Street. The site is in the remote Camp Scheideck area, a small community located near Reyes Creek Campground in Los Padres National Forest land north of Ojai.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Lockwood Valley station were joined by detectives from the Ojai station and personnel from the agency’s narcotics and gang units. Additional assistance came from California Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens, federal Bureau of Land Management rangers and members of the California National Guard’s drug task force.
Investigators found a “large and expanding” marijuana cultivation operation at the site, according to the sheriff’s account, and seized about 3,240 plants. A photo showed potted plants arranged in rows inside a hoop house. Authorities estimated the crop was worth $4.8 million.
Published: August 10, 2021
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