[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | $6.2 Mil. Grow Operation Busted in Canyon Country | 10-19-2016
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Cloudy
Cloudy
59°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
May 30
2013 - Powerhouse Fire breaks out in San Francisquito Canyon; will destroy 30 homes & 28 outbuildings [story]


On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at approximately 8 a.m., narcotics investigators assigned to the Marijuana Dispensary Task Force of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) served a search warrant at a strip mall located in the 27000 block of Sierra Highway in Canyon Country.

Through a citizen informant that called to report the suspicion of illegal narcotics activity and the subsequent investigation which led investigators to additional information, an elaborate indoor marijuana grow system was discovered in several of the strip mall units.

An undetermined amount of U.S. currency and 2,484 marijuana plants at various stages of growth were seized.  An additional 200 pounds of finished product (dried marijuana buds) and 50 pounds of edible THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) infused products, such as cookies, were seized.  Carbon filters and elaborate air conditioning systems were among the equipment located in the indoor grow used to produce the marijuana and prevent the odor from filtering out.

Although three male adults were detained at the scene, two were subsequently released pending further investigation.  The third male, George Tunis, a 28-year-old male black and resident of Los Angeles, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales.  He was transported and booked at Santa Clarita Valley Station.  He has since bonded out.

The combined street value of the marijuana plants is estimated at approximately $6,210,000.

The dried marijuana buds and edible THC infused cookies and other products have a combined street value of $500,000.

LASD would like to thank the public for remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious activity.  Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff’s Information Bureau at (213) 229-1700.  If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

 

user34821-1476928336-media1user34821-1476928450-media3 user34821-1476928337-media2 user34821-1476928338-media3 user34821-1476928338-media4 user34821-1476928449-media2 user34821-1476928451-media4

 

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

270 Comments

  1. Looks like Home Depot parking lot. When did they start selling pot plants!!!! Lol

  2. Monica Candelaria Pete Barrioos

  3. Lori Stock Lori Stock says:

    It’s by Dunkin Donuts

  4. Marisa Moussa right by State Farm!!!

  5. Shannon it’s by our Mexican food spot by dunkin donuts

  6. Michelle Rodriguez Only in Canyon Country

  7. Getting ready for pot to be legalized in Cal. That will bring in crime and just like Colorado, ck.it out!

  8. Wow they sell everything now!!

  9. Cody Grubbs Cody Grubbs says:

    Lived in Colorado for the last five years. Stoners grew everywhere out there and never bothered anyone. Leave them be…..

  10. Pat Walsh Pat Walsh says:

    Wasting tax dollars working as overpaid gardners cutting and removing green plants. Way to go.

  11. It’s just a plant people it’s never killed anyone

  12. Waste of time and money and resources

  13. Beth Ryan Beth Ryan says:

    That’s the mall where the new Dunkin Donuts is.

  14. Rocio Garcia Rocio Garcia says:

    I guess tha jardineros plantaron la yerba ekivocada hahahha

  15. Kaitlen Howard-Rodriguez I think this is where Charter College qas

  16. Dale Andrews Dale Andrews says:

    Party at the Cop Shop

  17. Its just a plant. Poor people

  18. VOTE YES ON PROP 64!!!! This town and your “noses in the air” bullsh*t who think you’re better than others. Guess what?! Heroin is a WAY BIGGER problem in THIS TOWN, with 3-4 overdoses by teens every week than pot ever will be! Pull that tree outta your asses and pay attention!!😂

  19. James Jacobi James Jacobi says:

    Santa Clarita needs to stop the heroin trade not get rid of a couple of plants

  20. Such a shame. All that good mary jane going to waste. Expect less Doritos to be purchased this week.

  21. Lucy Romero Lucy Romero says:

    I personally don’t smoke it but I don’t think it’s a big deal. Put your focus on other hardcore stuff lol

  22. Damn! I wish I knew it was there!!!! I ran out….. 😖

  23. Right by Dunkin Donuts..?? Haha

  24. Tim Andrews Tim Andrews says:

    Wow! When will people get that it’s just a plant!!!

  25. People smoke then eat donuts

  26. Conveniently located next to dunkin donuts lol

  27. Shay Taylor Shay Taylor says:

    Deena Tracey I knew they were starting a grow operation when we worked in that center @Charter!!

  28. Kara McArdle Kara McArdle says:

    I still find it crazy that a plant growing in the ground causes so much drama.

  29. Myk Halibut Myk Halibut says:

    Thank you for protecting us from a plant…

  30. Barbara Oramas Mulero In your hood Barb!!

  31. Wow narcotics….oh wait no its just a plant >.> pretty sure cough syrup is more dangerous than “the devil’s” lettuce

  32. Ann Hustis Ann Hustis says:

    Can you imagine that?

  33. George Mace George Mace says:

    Great job wasting our government resources going after weed plants that are going to be legal soon!

  34. Chad Goertz Chad Goertz says:

    I mean, in a store front, in a strip mall? Really? It is close to Jakes Way though…

  35. Brandi Cobb Brandi Cobb says:

    Chad, what do you think about this??

  36. Thats why the dunkin donuts was so addicting 😂

  37. Amy Bottoni Amy Bottoni says:

    Sorry, should we not be focusing more on the prescription pill epidemic and heroin in our valley?!?!

  38. Rodger Burko Rodger Burko says:

    My buddy was down the street on the live feed on Facebook when that was going on lol

  39. Burn them!! ….I’ll drive by in a few >.< 🙈🌳🌳🌳🌳

  40. Tim Bright check it out by the house bud

  41. People should be more concerned and worried about the tweekers, pill poppers and heroin addicts who rob and steal for their addiction. Marijuana especially in concentrate form is used as medicine!! And ok so if you do it recreational you don’t see stoners stealing and breaking into cars and garages…you see them in dunkin donuts cheering with some hot chocolate 🙄🙄🙄 what a waste of tax dollars and medicine!!!!!

  42. Nic Miller Nic Miller says:

    Guess what I just used for Medicine so I can sleep tonight with out needing to develop a dependence for narcotics?

  43. They all got released within an hour 🤔

  44. Jason Salter Jason Salter says:

    Dang should of pulled up in my truck!

  45. Scott Gibson Scott Gibson says:

    Ohh I’m soooo glad they got the EVIL and DANGEROUS plant off the streets. Derp

  46. Is there a drive Thur at that location ?

  47. Pesticide bomb mid harvest wtf lol Miguel Aldaz

  48. Elizabeth says:

    waste of time and my tax money! I can just go down to the clinic and buy some.. so stupid

  49. Nicolas Roman it happened around the corner

  50. 6.2??? Stephen Granados Brandon Granados Esdras Diaz

  51. John Patrick Splaine Lincoln Abraham Sterling Junior

  52. What shipping center ? Lol

  53. Ralph Green Ralph Green says:

    Theres pigs then there’s cops. Pretty clear which ones we have in our town

  54. Sigh. When you make an arrest for the guys selling heroin and meth to our kids I’ll be impressed. But marijuana? That’s so 1970’s. It legal everywhere now. This is the equivalent of busting a moonshine operation.

  55. Luke Sanchez Steve Garcia

  56. Wow they look ready for harvest what a lost

  57. Far from narcotics it’s funny another state just had to throw out all cases dealing with weed because juries refused to prosecute any of them. And here’s santa clarita doing raids still. Gtfo of here

  58. Amanda Diaz Amanda Diaz says:

    Sandra Jimenez- Diaz

  59. wait till its legal ,

  60. Kevin Hill Kevin Hill says:

    Make it legal, tax it like cigarette’s and be done with it.

  61. David Anderberg says:

    If pot is just a plant and never killed anyone then why are pot dealers armed? Hint: I know the answer.

  62. Brian Wood Brian Wood says:

    $6.2 million? Where do they come up with these figures? It’s high time (sorry) we pass Prop 64 and stop this silliness. Pot isn’t the problem, we have worse problems with prescription and synthetic/processed drugs. If this haul was really worth $6.2 million, that’s a lot of tax revenue our county/city lost…

  63. “The third male, George Tunis, a 28-year-old male black and resident of Los Angeles, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales.”

    A 28 year old black? Seriously? SCTV, you need to work on your editing. Male black and black male are quite different terms, not that I feel the man’s color of his skin matters regardless especially when you failed to mention the color of the other mens’ skin.

  64. When having a grow with 1000s of plants, its probably best to not make it a store front location haha

  65. Beya Hansen Beya Hansen says:

    Caleb DeVille holy moly

  66. Marc Tyler.right in Canyon Country lol

  67. Our Sheriff Deputies are required to enforce the current laws. If you want to change the laws, VOTE.

  68. Right who cares . How about the killing and clowns . It just pot .

  69. Bryan Seay Bryan Seay says:

    6.2 million so there was over 400 lbs of dry cannabis lololol what a joke

  70. Mike Thomas 🌲 in the same city as us!

  71. Andrew Penaloza Dylan Ludwick we have been going all the way to Sylmar for nothing

  72. What was the store front?

  73. Jean says:

    Meth and Heroin is what is killing our children out here.

    I don’t smoke pot but don’t care about it either. Legalize it already.

    Pot does not kill. Only cartels do and once it is legal we start cutting out the cartels.

  74. My math puts me at 2500 lbs of dried bud?

  75. It’s not legal yet??????

  76. Yeah legalize it and we’ll have a lot of Spicolli’s out there behind the wheel! Far Out Man huhhh !!

  77. Chris says:

    4×4 Ares grows 2lbs average. In today’s market you get $2000 per 1 lbs. So……. how big was this place? Maybe someone’s math is off?

  78. Realize that the ppl caught where doing it illegally. If they had bought they’re cultivation licenses and stuck to they’re licensed limits and still got busted, then there would be a problem but that’s obviously not the case ppl. Besides it’s not legal yet that’s the point and yes they’re are more dangerous substances in the world, no question but that doesn’t make it right and there was a time those were illegal too. Quit abusing it and maybe it would already be legal. Good work Sheriffs.

  79. Was this your place ? Lol

  80. Juan Mundo Juan Mundo says:

    Natalie Mundo El Gabacho

  81. Nadiya Littlewarrior says:

    Just couldn’t wait for the election? Geeze….what a waste of medicine.

  82. They’re still going to nail people like this after Nov. 8 ….. for tax evasion

  83. This is was you saw the other Wednesday morning… Alex Mccaslin

  84. It wasnt illegal they just robbed him hes free already

  85. lori says:

    If they need a place to burn all that cannabis……..

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
Loading...
Related Content
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Monday, May 29, 2017
June 1: Knight Town Hall Meeting to be Held at Canyon H.S.
Congressman Steve Knight will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on June 1 at Canyon High School.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Suspected Arson Fire Burns House, Barn in Agua Dulce
Multiple structures and surrounding grass in Agua Dulce burned early Monday morning in what investigators believe to be an arson incident.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Saugus High Seniors Win First Rod Bennett Scholarships
Saugus High School graduating seniors James Klipfel and Diego Rumer received the first two Rod Bennett Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund awards at the school's 2017 senior honors ceremony on Tuesday night, May 16.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
2013 - Powerhouse Fire breaks out in San Francisquito Canyon; will destroy 30 homes & 28 outbuildings [story]
Skip Spiro's 10-piece Jazz/Blues Project will play a special concert in tribute to Dirk Fischer, the legendary College of the Canyons music department chief and jazz composer-arranger, at Vincenzo's in Newhall on Wednesday, July 26 starting at 7 p.m.
July 26: Skip Spiro Jazz-Blues Big Band Honors Dirk Fischer
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, a suspected arson fire left a house and barn in Agua Dulce burned on Monday morning. Plus, veterans were honored at the annual Memorial Day Celebration at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, May 29, 2017
After five months of communication in a program designed to encourage elementary-age school children to read and write, a group of students and their Los Angeles Sheriff's Department correspondents finally met in person at George Washington Carver Elementary School on Friday, May 26.
Read on! Elementary Students Meet Their LASD e-Pals
Congressman Steve Knight will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on June 1 at Canyon High School.
June 1: Knight Town Hall Meeting to be Held at Canyon H.S.
Entertainment and attractions continue to be added to the 2017 Touch-A-Truck event benefiting the SCV Senior Center, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Central Park in Santa Clarita.
June 17: Activities, Entertainment Added to Touch-a-Truck Event
The Master’s University baseball team finally met a team that could outscore it and when No. 2 seed Faulkner broke out the bats in a 13-5 victory, the Mustangs watched the end of a 10-game winning streak and fell into the losers’ bracket at the 2017 Avista-NAIA World Series.
Eagles Take Flight 13-5 Over TMU Mustangs
Multiple structures and surrounding grass in Agua Dulce burned early Monday morning in what investigators believe to be an arson incident.
Suspected Arson Fire Burns House, Barn in Agua Dulce
Carousel Ranch held its 9th annual “How the West Was Won” Shoot Friday, May 19 at Moore N’ Moore Sporting Clays to benefit the kids at Carousel Ranch, raising more than $30,000.
‘How the West Was Won’ Carousel Ranch Event Raises $32K
Upcoming arts and cultural events in the Santa Clarita Valley for the week of May 29-June 1.
May 29-June 1: Santa Clarita Arts Upcoming Events
The Lancaster JetHawks scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to come from behind and knock off the Inland Empire 66ers, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at The Hangar.
JetHawks Win Sunday in Wild Walk-off Rally
Saugus High School graduating seniors James Klipfel and Diego Rumer received the first two Rod Bennett Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund awards at the school's 2017 senior honors ceremony on Tuesday night, May 16.
Saugus High Seniors Win First Rod Bennett Scholarships
1987 - Director John Landis acquitted of charges in deaths of Vic Morrow and two child actors on Valencia set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" [story]
1888 - Olympian Jim Thorpe, "America's greatest athlete," born in Indian Territory (probably near Prague, Okla.); later in life, appeared in many B-Westerns shot in Placerita Canyon [story]
Brendan Rodgers blasted two home runs and the JetHawks used a six-run sixth inning to pull away from the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, 8-1, on Friday night at The Hangar.
Rodgers Powers JetHawks Over 66ers 8-1 Friday Night
Hamlet Marte hit two of Lancaster’s four home runs to help the JetHawks knock off the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, 9-5, on Saturday night at The Hangar.
Marte Hits 2 Homers, JetHawks Beat 66ers Again
1971 - Community preview night (pre-grand opening), Magic Mountain [story]
West Ranch High School dedicated their new Wall of Honor on Friday, which was produced by four West Ranch High School ASB students.
West Ranch High School Unveils Wall of Honor
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, the SCV Senior Center honored those who gave their life in service. Plus, SCVi students are building a "tiny house" for a homeless veteran. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, May 26, 2017
Fourth and fifth graders at Santa Clarita Valley International School are asking for the community’s assistance over Memorial Day weekend with fundraising for a “tiny house” they are building for a homeless veteran.
SCVi Students Raising Funds for Tiny House for Homeless Vet
Plambeck's objective, plain and simple, has always been about stopping development by any means possible. Her strategy involves multiple delay tactics, the worst being groundless litigation.
Chicken Little, Part 2 | Commentary by Dan Masnada
The city of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series, presented by Galpin Subaru, roars into June with a unique lineup of events including a classic Volkswagen car show, James Bond-themed SENSES Block Party and monthly variety show. Old Town Newhall is the hot spot on Thursday nights so grab your friends and family and come down for some fun.
Thursdays@Newhall June Lineup: Classic Volkswagen, James Bond, more
A feeling of delightful gratification for a mentor typically comes about when seeing a mentee develop and realize success. Their reward is in victories the students achieve, which are often seen as a measure of the instructor’s own success, positive influence and guidance. Such is the story of Dr. Luis S. Garcia and the Education Based Incarceration program.
Inmate Earns Doctoral Degree While in L.A. County Jail System
On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging leadership convened at the future location of the new Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and announced that only $2.3 million additional fundraising dollars needed to be raised before construction could begin on the Center.
New SCV Senior Center Waits on $2.3 Mil.
Peter Lambert tossed eight strong innings, but the San Jose Giants came from behind to knock off the JetHawks, 4-2, in the rubber game of the series on Thursday night at The Hangar.
San Jose Giants Beat JetHawks 4-2 Thursday
Ninety percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. It takes 10 minutes or less to learn how to keep a cardiac arrest victim alive until paramedics arrive. The County of Los Angeles Emergency Medical Services Agency, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and the American Heart Association are once again coordinating free hands-only CPR training on Sidewalk CPR Day, June 1, at over 50 sites across Los Angeles County to help improve cardiac survivability.
June 1: L.A. County Coordinates Sidewalk CPR Day
When Jeanny Olivares, 22, crosses the stage on Friday, June 2, for College of the Canyons’ Commencement, she will be receiving two associate degrees in marketing and accounting, which she earned in a year-and-a-half’s time.
COC Grad Earns Two Degrees While Facing Adversity
1907 - John Wayne born in Iowa; got start in movies filmed in Placerita Canyon [watch one]
The CLWA-NCWD merger is not a takeover, as Plambeck repeatedly insists. It is the product of months of discussion between two willing parties, which could be terminated at any time by either party or both parties.
Chicken Little, Part 1 | Commentary by Dan Masnada
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, deputies and volunteers trained for an active shooter situation at The Masters University Thursday morning. Plus, a girl is fighting for her life, leaving her family asking the community for blood donations to help her survive. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, May 25, 2017
Dr. Steven J. Golightly, Director of the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department (CSSD), was recognized on May 22 for his Department’s innovative efforts to improve child support services for L.A. County residents and his zeal for developing future leaders for government service to the public.
County Child Support Services Director Receives Excellence in Government Award
Motown in Town is back on Sunday, June 25 from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
June 25: Motown in Town 2 at the Hyatt
Hot on the heels of the original Silicon Valley and the more recently named Silicon Beach, the current buzz is all about the Silicon Suburb or Santa Clarita Valley.
Business Incubator Tenant Selected for Festival of Creativity in Cannes
Senator Scott Wilk, R- Antelope Valley, announces that Senate Bill (SB 792), a measure to establish an oversight commission for Los Angeles County Measure B trauma funding has cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee and is headed to the Senate floor for a vote.
Oversight of LA County Trauma Care Dollars Given Green Light
Princess Cruises has debuted its 2018-2019 Exotics program which will take guests to culturally rich and iconic cruise destinations around the globe.
Princess Cruises Debuts 2018-2019 Exotics Sailings
Senator Scott Wilk, R- Antelope Valley, announces that Senate Bills 634 (SB 634), a measure which would create a new water district in the Santa Clarita Valley, cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee and is headed to the Senate floor for consideration.
SCV Water Agency Merger Bill Clears Senate Panel