As legitimate cannabis business owners in Monterrey County, CA put in their applications for recreational marijuana and prepare for the launch of recreational weed January 1, 2018, the authorities are cracking down on illegal grow operations. In Monterrey County, police seized over 7500 pounds of illegally grown marijuana that was intended to be sold on the black market.
For the legal markets to be successful, it is important that the authorities statewide follow in the footsteps of the Monterrey County Sheriff’s office. California will be the largest adult use cannabis market in the country come January 1, 2018.
According to Monterey County sheriff’s officials, all the warrants were served on Argyle Road in Lockwood and were the culmination of a months-long investigation into illegal marijuana cultivation.
Scene of a marijuana bust in Monterey County on Argyle Road in Lockwood. (Monterey County Sheriff)
The first warrant was served at 62965 Argyle Road where 20-year-old Arian Prather-Mooney and 27-year-old Vincent Phillipis were allegedly found to be illegally cultivating marijuana without a county permit and in an area not zoned for cultivation, sheriff’s officials said.
According to sheriff’s officials, 678 marijuana plants weighing 5,400 pounds were eradicated and destroyed. Authorities also seized a handgun, a shotgun and two rifles.
The second warrant was served at 62973 Argyle Road where Jose Luis Nunez, 39, was found to be illegally cultivating marijuana without a permit in an area not zoned for cultivation. Authorities eradicated and destroyed 1,048 marijuana plants weighing 1,860 pounds, sheriff’s officials said.
The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office served the warrants with the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team and the California Fish and Game Wardens with assistance from other county agencies.