On March 24, police served search warrants on all five homes. The searches yielded 4,429 marijuana plants and an assault rifle. Officers said the homes were what they described as “heavily fortified” with metal bars and doors.
Marijuana discovered during an operation targeting illegal marijuana grow houses in Fairfield, Vacaville and Lathrop on March 24, 2021. (Fairfield Police Department)
FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) – More than 4,400 marijuana plants have been seized from several illegal grow houses and four people have been arrested following an investigation by the Fairfield Police Department.
According to investigators, a home on the 600 block of Purple Martin Drive in Vacaville and a home on Settler Trail in Lathrop in San Joaquin County were also part of the illegal grows.
Two San Francisco residents, a 48-year-old and 38-year-old, were arrested along with two people from New York, a 48-year-old and a 45-year-old.
Police said Wednesday that they received a tip about homes in the city being used to cultivate cannabis. Investigators determined that homes on the 3200 block of Torrey Pines Drive, the 5200 block of Jacque Bell Lane and the 5200 block of Klingsell Place were used in the operation.
All four suspects face charges for illegal cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. The suspects’ names have not been released.
Authorities were saying this is the largest pot bust in Bay Area history.
“The enormity and complexity of this illegal grow operation cannot be expressed in words or pictures, it’s unbelievable,” Kelly posted.
The raids took place at multiple locations on Wednesday, but sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly posted on Facebook that deputies would be clearing out one facility on the 800 block of 77th Ave. of Oakland’s Fitchburg neighborhood for several days.
The facilities were equipped with the latest technology in terms of equipment, lighting, generators and supplies.
While seven people were taken into custody in Wednesday’s operation, deputies said there will be more arrests to follow with individuals facing charges of money laundering, tax evasion and operating an illegal marijuana grow.
“All this revenue is going straight into their pockets. There is a legal way to do this and that money is designed to go back to the people of California,” Kelly told KPIX on Thursday.
OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Armed with search warrants, Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies have busted one of the largest illegal marijuana growing operations in California, seizing over 100,000 plants and upwards of $10 million in cash.