“The enormity and complexity of this illegal grow operation cannot be expressed in words or pictures, it’s unbelievable,” Kelly posted.
Authorities were saying this is the largest pot bust in Bay Area history.
The facilities were equipped with the latest technology in terms of equipment, lighting, generators and supplies.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Upward of 10,000 marijuana plants are reportedly being housed in a secret growing operation in Franklin, according to Milwaukee County Court documents.
Operation reportedly included several greenhouses and thousands of plants
The property is leased to Green Haven Fields LLC, which has an address listed in Brookfield. The company organized in January, according to records from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.
It’s legal to grow hemp in Wisconsin
Often, until the plant is fully grown, THC levels cannot be measured to determine whether it’s classified as legal or illegal, according to Jay Selthofner, a hemp farmer and founder of the Wisconsin Cannabis Activist Network.
Police executed a search warrant this week at a house in an agricultural area of Delta. Mark Booth/Delta Optimist
“This is not the first time a tip from the public has spurred a larger police investigation, and helped us to uncover a sophisticated illegal operation,” said Inspector Heath Newton, head of Delta Police Investigation Services, in a news release.
The DPD notes it also seized about $275,000 worth of equipment.