Illegal marijuana grow utilized stolen water
July 30, 2016
The owners of a multi-million dollar illegal marijuana grow in Ventura County allegedly stole water to irrigate the pot plants from a nearby mountain. [KCOY]
On Friday, Ventra County Sheriff deputies raided the 80 acre operation outside Fillmore that included thousands of plants located in eight large greenhouses. The two owners of the grow, a man from Los Angeles and another from Texas, had hooked the greenhouses up to electricity, installed temperature controlled devices and piped in water.
“The thing that’s striking … is that they’ve taken water, it appears, out of the natural resource off the mountain which is totally illegal,” said Ventura County Undersheriff Gary Pentis . “We’ve called Fish and Wildlife, they’ve launched an investigation. They’ve actually made no attempt to adhere to California state law for medicinal marijuana.”
The owners of the illegal operation were working to sell the marijuana to distributors in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. There have been no arrests at this time.