Alleged Marijuana Growers in L.A.'s Valley Targeted by DEA, FBI Raids
Law enforcement fanned out across the Valley today to bust alleged weed growers.
Updated after the jump with details on what was seized and where.
Looks like the long arm of the law fanned out across the San Fernando Valley and Palmdale today to raid alleged pot-growing operations.
The Los Angeles Times first reported news of the search warrant operations at six warehouses in Palmdale, Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Canoga Park, Van Nuys.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller issued this statement through the LAPD:
Multiple agencies, including the DEA, LAPD and FBI and assisting agencies, are executing multiple search warrants in Los Angeles County, seeking evidence of illicit marijuana cultivation and associated criminal activity. Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, no further comment will be made.
The raids come on the heels of a search warrant move by the DEA on a pair of pot shops in West Hollywood.
It's not clear if these grow operations had any connection to legal dispensaries, but pot advocates are angry at the DEA for going ofter weed retailers after the administration of President Obama essentially told them not to.
So-called caregivers in California are allowed under state law to grow a limited supply of pot for their dispensaries.
But federal law doesn't recognize that right. Pot it still a grade A outlaw drug as far as Uncle Sam is concerned.
Update: A law enforcement source told us more than 5,000 plants -- likely several million worth, by our calculations -- were seized, along with luxury cars and at least $200,000 in cash.
The raids were still happening earlier this afternoon, with two locations in North Hollywood and one each in Sherman Oaks, Canoga Park, North Hills and Palmdale hit by the law.
The spots were somehow connected.
The locations were said to all be indoor hydroponic grow operations -- allegedly.
The investigation, we're told, is ongoing.
First posted at 1:05 p.m.
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