Staff Report

Cannabis products seized from a house in Los Olivos. Photo contributed

After search warrants were executed on May 21, detectives located six labor workers and cannabis products in the 2400 block of Grand Avenue in Los Olivos, where they were in the process of trimming cannabis, which originated from an illegal and unlicensed grow in Lompoc, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials. 

“The labor workers were believed to be unlawfully employed, one of which was a minor and prohibited by state law,” according to Kelly Hoover, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Department. 

From this location, detectives seized several items of evidence, some of which included more than one thousand pounds of processed marijuana, cannabis oils and extracts, and various components of a volatile extraction device (clandestine butane honey oil lab), Hoover stated in her press release. 

Contemporaneous to the first search warrant, detectives and investigators executed another search warrant at the suspect’s home, located in the 100 block of San Ysidro Rd in Montecito.  While there, Detectives located more than one hundred pounds of cannabis packaged for sales, cannabis oils and extracts, and other items of evidence indicative of illegal and undocumented sales.

Miguelito Canyon grow. Photo contributed

On May 22, detectives executed a search warrant in the 2500 block of San Miguelito Canyon in Lompoc. They located more than 19,000 cannabis plants in various stages of growth in three separate areas of the 108 acre parcel. Additionally, thousands of pounds of dried, drying and processed cannabis were also located.  All cannabis was ultimately seized and destroyed.

Following the conclusion of the investigation, 37-year-old Brian Adams of Montecito was cited for cultivating, transporting and sales of cannabis without a license.