Massive indoor marijuana grow busted
August 13, 2010
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s department busted what they suspect is the largest indoor marijuana grow ever uncovered by law enforcement shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday. [KCOY]
Working on a tip, deputies discovered the grow on the Dos Pablos Ranch which sits west of Goleta between Highway 101 and the Pacific Ocean.
Deputies estimate between 20,000 to 40,000 plants, valued at between $40 million to $80 million, were being grown in nine commercial greenhouses. The former tenant, Dos Pueblos Orchard Company, had grown flowers in the greenhouses.
Also found during the bust were several hundred pounds of processed marijuana along with heaters, lights and fans that permitted the growers to harvest year around.
Kelvin Kelley, 61, and John Dodson, 57, tried to run when deputies arrived with a search warrant. The men were arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for felony possession of marijuana for sale and cultivation of marijuana. Kelley was also booked for resisting arrest.
Both men are being held on $30,000 bail.