CA cannabis grower raided after deputies determine owner lied on license permit

Local sheriff’s deputies raided a sizable cannabis grow in Santa Barbara County, California, after the law enforcement agency concluded an owner lied on an application for a local cultivation license.

According to a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies targeted Power Farms in Carpinteria and seized more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana flower and destroyed 22,420 plants.

It’s a sign that local law enforcement are keeping close tabs on businesses that take steps to join the legal market by obtaining a license – versus targeting black market operators exclusively.

The raid came after a “four-month investigation” involving two counties and the execution of three search warrants.

Deputies also searched one of Power Farms’ owners’ homes in Los Angeles County and seized several unregistered firearms, another 60 pounds of cannabis and thousands of dollars in cash.

The investigation found that one of the company’s owners had “provided false information during the county cannabis application process and was failing to follow proper shipping and manifest procedures,” according to the news release.

Power Farms reportedly voluntarily surrendered its temporary state business license because of the investigation.

According to Jan. 25 data from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Power Farms was denied 12 temporary cultivation permits. One of the company’s owners is listed as Admir Aksalic.

Aksalic did not respond to requests for comment from Marijuana Business Daily.

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11 comments on “CA cannabis grower raided after deputies determine owner lied on license permit
  1. Bradly O’Reily on

    Who raided them? The state or city law enforcement. Insiders say the BCC are taking a hands off approach on black power since they don’t have staffing. This is why black market will dominate 2019 and 2020. Four months to investigate is crock. They will be 3 cultivation operating in its place.

  2. Mr. J on

    Franchising acceptance is key in adopting more cannabis operators and the implementation of a more robust legal trade network. New operators under the wing of legal entities will find it easier to follow code, comply with ever changing legal nuances, generate tax capital more effectively. and lend support in the scalability of economically disenfranchised responsible operations that would not have otherwise had the opportunity.

  3. Mark on

    Marijuana growers processors and distributors all face the uncertainty of unwarranted raids , property confiscation and loss of fredom . Guns drugs and drug money don’t mix well in the eye of the law … Taxed and regulated works for many , but ya gotta follow the rules …

  4. ian on

    even though its been legal in many states already for a long time, overall, the mj business is still relatively new, and by all rights , thriving, as it should. anyone getting into the business needs to make sure all the T’s are crossed and the i’s dotted to avoid any problems. if your going into business with someone, make sure you are both squeaky clean and truthful because you know you are being watched like a hawk. until this business is legal on a federal level across the board, thats how its going to be. even though they should be even more concerned about black market activity, they are not, because its “easier” for the authorities to pursue the legal businesses. where do you think all the mj that doesnt pass testing goes? some probably gets destroyed, but i would be willing to bet that some businesses, not on the up and up, release it to the street for the black market, and those people who buy could be smoking all kinds of contaminates. the best thing that could happen is to legalize at the federal level which would enable better product quality and overall more revenue for states and govt.

  5. mike on

    well, well …and seized cash, duh that is the incentive for leos cauz they get to keep it and the incentive for big business is to clear another legal competitor out of the way for the big boys to grab the big market. so the black market will continue because as they say, focus is on guys trying to be legal with flaws are the low hanging fruit and safe because they already told all to get a license.

  6. Huckle buckle on

    I think I know the owners of power farms. They now have a distribution warehouse in chatsworth.
    All this doesn’t matter to me. My husband and I are licensed clean green certified organic, and we have 2 cultivation licenses for our 40 acre farm in Mendoncino, and the sheriff’s don’t give a damn!
    That’s why we slapped a HUGE lawsuit on the MCSD! So, if you’re a legal cultivar, and your getting robbed, don’t call for help, they will turn on you!

  7. G. Funk on

    They should let everyone grow at the minimum 20 plants. Ofcourse Big Pharm would regulate who could cultivate for Medical. And of course you would pay for the license, and for the renewal ever 3-5 years. Getting a medical license would be a lot more difficult, with all the regulations and specs, being up to par. That’s how the people and State make revenue, screw the Feds we gonna leave them out in the cold, with their pockets hanging out. They didn’t want to legalize it medically or recreationally. So they don’t deserve to make anything off pot.

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