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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.

 

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

  2. Monica Candelaria Pete Barrioos

  3. Good job, assholes. We are much safer now.

  4. Lori Stock Lori Stock says:

    It’s by Dunkin Donuts

  5. Marisa Moussa right by State Farm!!!

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

  7. Michelle Rodriguez Only in Canyon Country

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

  9. Wow they sell everything now!!

  10. 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…..

  11. Pat Walsh Pat Walsh says:

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

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

  13. Waste of time and money and resources

  14. Beth Ryan Beth Ryan says:

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

  15. Rocio Garcia Rocio Garcia says:

    I guess tha jardineros plantaron la yerba ekivocada hahahha

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

  17. Dale Andrews Dale Andrews says:

    Party at the Cop Shop

  18. Its just a plant. Poor people

  19. 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!!😂

  20. James Jacobi James Jacobi says:

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

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

  22. 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

  23. Steven Aune Steven Aune says:

    Great job SCV Sheriffs. Way to confiscate the medicine sick people depend on. A month before legalized recreational use gets ratified. All this does is further the bullshit criminal war on drugs and ensure the profits of the pharmaceutical companies.

    • glady says:

      well i don’t care as long as all involved are paying their taxes…on thats right their not paying taxes….and really care about those in medical need…

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

  25. Right by Dunkin Donuts..?? Haha

  26. Tim Andrews Tim Andrews says:

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

  27. People smoke then eat donuts

  28. Conveniently located next to dunkin donuts lol

  29. Shay Taylor Shay Taylor says:

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

  30. Kara McArdle Kara McArdle says:

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

  31. Myk Halibut Myk Halibut says:

    Thank you for protecting us from a plant…

  32. Barbara Oramas Mulero In your hood Barb!!

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

  34. Ann Hustis Ann Hustis says:

    Can you imagine that?

  35. George Mace George Mace says:

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

  36. Chad Goertz Chad Goertz says:

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

  37. Brandi Cobb Brandi Cobb says:

    Chad, what do you think about this??

  38. John Dunbar John Dunbar says:

    6.2 million? Haha that’s definitely bullshit, they carried all the plants off on an open 18ft trailer.

  39. Matt Peris Matt Peris says:

    Plant not narcotics dumb fucks

  40. Thats why the dunkin donuts was so addicting 😂

  41. Amy Bottoni Amy Bottoni says:

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

  42. Rodger Burko Rodger Burko says:

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

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

  44. Tim Bright check it out by the house bud

  45. 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!!!!!

  46. 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?

  47. They all got released within an hour 🤔

  48. Jason Salter Jason Salter says:

    Dang should of pulled up in my truck!

  49. Scott Gibson Scott Gibson says:

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

  50. Is there a drive Thur at that location ?

  51. Pesticide bomb mid harvest wtf lol Miguel Aldaz

  52. Elizabeth says:

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

  53. Nicolas Roman it happened around the corner

  54. 6.2??? Stephen Granados Brandon Granados Esdras Diaz

  55. John Patrick Splaine Lincoln Abraham Sterling Junior

  56. Hoy fuck Marisa Moussa how did I not even know about this 😂😂😂

  57. What shipping center ? Lol

  58. Ralph Green Ralph Green says:

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

  59. 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.

  60. Chris Leach Chris Leach says:

    Why don’t we report all the meth and heroin busts we do out here? Instead we’re busting people for plants that’ll be legalized next month nation wide?
    Tired of this shit.
    I’ll grab a gun and get the meth heads with these cops! Let’s go! Just stop trying to “make a drug bust” over harmless plants. (Plants in which I’ve been part of an organization that cured a cancerous brain tumor in an infant in Georgia with). But you know… keep calling it a drug but then allow prescription drugs to run rampant. Yea makes sense.

  61. Buy one get one free! That’s why mom went to spliff land! Now gimme some of that bitch!

  62. Dani Burd Dani Burd says:

    Sicck good job scv with the stoner bust…seriously? Maybe you should try and go after the people killing our children, parents , brothers and sisters and actually tackle this heroin epidemic once and for all and stop wasting your time and money on this shit.

  63. Luke Sanchez Steve Garcia

  64. Wow they look ready for harvest what a lost

  65. 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

  66. Amanda Diaz Amanda Diaz says:

    Sandra Jimenez- Diaz

  67. wait till its legal ,

  68. Kevin Hill Kevin Hill says:

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

  69. David Anderberg says:

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

  70. 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…

  71. “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.

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

  73. Beya Hansen Beya Hansen says:

    Caleb DeVille holy moly

  74. Marc Tyler.right in Canyon Country lol

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

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

  77. Bryan Seay Bryan Seay says:

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

  78. Pot bust oh wow big deal these cops are wasting time look for real drugs you fucking idiots!

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

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

  81. What was the store front?

  82. 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.

  83. Tony Ortiz Tony Ortiz says:

    Nick King they found our shit

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

  85. It’s not legal yet??????

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

  87. 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?

  88. 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.

  89. Was this your place ? Lol

  90. Juan Mundo Juan Mundo says:

    Natalie Mundo El Gabacho

  91. Nadiya Littlewarrior says:

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

  92. Brit Rose Brit Rose says:

    All our fucking tax money is going to this ! Ahaha why don’t you do something useful in Santa Clarita! Like get the big meth dealers or maybe find some missing children or runaways !

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

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

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

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