The Marijuana Dispensary Task Force of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) on Wednesday arrested one person and seized more than $6 million worth of growing and cured marijuana as well as edible marijuana-infused products such as cookies. The arrested person is slated to appear in court on Friday.
The task force served a search warrant at a strip mall located in the 27000 block of Sierra Highway in Canyon Country at around 8 a.m. after a civilian reported possible illegal narcotics activity, according to the sheriff’s department.
According to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Juarez, 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, the Deputy said. 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.
The estimated street value of the growing plants is $6.21 million and the dried marijuana and other products were valued at $500,000, Navarro-Juarez said.
Though three male adults were detained at the scene, two were subsequently released pending further investigation. However, the third male, 28-year-old George Tunis, a resident of Los Angeles, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, the Deputy revealed.
Tunis was booked at Santa Clarita Valley Station and released after satisfying a $30,000 bail amount, according to the sheriff’s department. He is due in court in San Fernando on Friday.
The indoor operation used equipment like carbon filters and elaborate air conditioning systems to produce the marijuana and prevent the odor from filtering out, authorities said.