Megan Diskin, Ventura County Star | Published 3:27 p.m. PT Nov. 4, 2019
Nearly 60,000 marijuana plants were removed from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties during a statewide raid on illegal marijuana grows, authorities said Monday.
The so-called Campaign Against Marijuana Planting Program, referred to as CAMP, removed 953,459 marijuana plants from 345 sites across the state during a monthslong raid, according to a news release from the California Department of Justice.
The program is led by the state justice department but included local, state and federal agencies covering 35 counties in California, authorities said.
There were 148 arrests and 168 weapons seized during the raids, which ran from July 2 through Sept. 26, officials said.
“Illegal cannabis grows are devastating our communities. Criminals who disregard life, poison our waters, damage our public lands and weaponize the illegal cannabis black market will be brought to justice,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in the news release.
“This year, our CAMP teams worked tirelessly across the state to vigorously enforce California’s laws against illegal cannabis activity. The California Department of Justice is extremely proud of our partnership with federal, state and local agencies, and we look forward to continuing this necessary work.”
It’s unclear how many of the arrests or weapons may have come from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, some in the Los Padres National Forest. However, 47,650 illegally grown marijuana plants came from six sites in Ventura County. Another 12,112 plants were removed from three sites in Santa Barbara County, authorities said.