For the third time in four months, Santa Barbara County narcotics detectives have uncovered hundreds of illegal marijuana plants growing at pot farms in the county.
This time, authorities on Monday discovered two massive illegal marijuana operations in North and South Santa Barbara county.
The street value of the hundreds of plants is estimated at $8.7 million.
Authorities discovered the “unusually large” pot farms on private property off Tepusquet Road, near Colson Canyon in north county, and another major farm of San Marcos Pass, near Kinevan Road.
The Monday raid in North County yielded revealed 570 pot plants and 100 pounds of processed marijuana. The street value of those drugs is estimated at $6 million.
The same day off San Marcos Road, authorities seized 195 plants from an outdoor farm and 134 plants from an indoor facility.
Detectives also found more than 200 pounds of processed marijuana and 50 pounds of hashish, a more heavily concentrated form of the drug. The street value of the drug is estimated at $2.8 million.
Narcotics detectives expect to make several arrests in the case.?In August, Sheriff’s deputies raided a 50-acre site near Dos Pueblos Ranch. Authorities discovered thousands of plants valued at $80 million.
In July, authorities destroyed 91,000 pot plants in the back hills of Santa Barbara county, in a six-day sweep.