The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said they destroyed 8,643 marijuana plants worth an estimated $4.3 million while serving a series of search warrants in Santa Maria. The Special Investigations Bureau and Special Enforcement Team searched areas suspected of having illegal marijuana cultivation sites.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Highway Patrol also assisted the Sheriff’s Office with these operations. Similar to illegal cultivation sites that were eradicated Wednesday and Thursday, these sites did not have any licenses from the State of California or the County of Santa Barbara to grow marijuana. Detectives destroy estimated $2.7 million worth of marijuana products in Cuyama Valley The first search warrant was served in the 6700 block of Foxen Canyon Road. Detectives said they searched the property and found 658 mature marijuana plants. Santa Barbara detectives destroy estimated $4.3 million worth of marijuana plants

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