Deputies raid Santa Maria pot delivery service and clothing store

March 21, 2019

Authorities on Tuesday raided several locations connected to a Santa Maria-based marijuana delivery service that was operating illegally and arrested one man involved in the operation, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. [Cal Coast Times]

Prompted by tips from the community and other law enforcement agencies, Santa Barbara County’s Cannabis Compliance Team conducted a three-week investigation into 805 Cali Xtracts. Detectives suspected the business was involved in illegal marijuana sales and distribution within Santa Barbara County, as well as money laundering.

On Tuesday, sheriff’s detectives with the Cannabis Compliance Team served a series of search warrants in the Santa Maria residential areas of Del Sur and Riddering, as well as at the 805 Cali Styles storefront at the Santa Maria Town Center Mall.

It is unclear if and how 805 Cali Xtracts and 805 Cali Styles are related. On different social media pages, 805 Cali Xtracts advertises a marijuana menu and app, while 805 Cali Styles is described as a street wear clothing shop.

The searches of the Santa Maria locations netted several items related to marijuana sales, including cannabis products, packaging, a variety of consumables, and a butane honey oil lab. Additionally, deputies seized firearms, ammunition and pertinent records.

Tuesday’s operation culminated with the arrest of Javier Covarrubias, 32, on charges of illegal possession and distribution of marijuana and honey oil and for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. An investigation into the case is ongoing.

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana, Santa Barbara County authorities have cracked down on illegal pot grows. Last month, deputies seized more than 14,000 pounds of cannabis products after discovering the owner of a grow outside Buellton on Highway 246 allegedly falsified documents to obtain a temporary state cannabis license and then sold pot illegally.

The Cannabis Compliance Team, which was founded in June 2018, focuses primarily on unlicensed and illegal marijuana operations within Santa Barbara County. In addition to complying with state licensing requirements, marijuana businesses operating in unincorporated areas of the county must obtain local land use permits and business licenses.


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DPINC

The government got involved in another business with legalization of weed ..Have any of us ever seen the government run a successful business ,,,, HELL NO !!!!!


DPINC

These seemingly innocent illegal pot stores and grows are actually deadly .These are ran by gangs of all nationalities and the pot sales supplement the gangs power and attract and keep gang members ….Just like gangs have moved into ID theft and card skimmers etc .No matter if pot legal or illegal any drugs or commodity will be used by very sophisticated deadly criminal element of society


MysticOne

Unfortunately you are correct. One look at 8o5calixtracts instagram page and you will see posts like “We got some new gear at our clothing store @eightofive_cali_styles go check us out and get geared up nothing but streetwear clothing for all my gangstas and thugs…”


MysticOne

There are also ‘clothing stores’ in Grover and Pismo Beach that are run by delivery services that ran under the now defunct sb420. Seems to be the popular way to launder money these days.


Freethebud

This is not what legalizations was supposed to look like. It’s actually more illegal now than before the new laws. Our tax money hard at work.


copperhead

cracking down on pot grows since legalization. Government now protecting its interests. Didn’t matter if it was illegal before. Time to wipe out the competition.