Image of the weed seized in California

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office in California says a raid by its cannabis compliance team this week led to seizure of hundreds of thousands of illegal marijuana plants and thousands of pounds of processed marijuana for sale.

The office says search warrants were served Thursday on a huge marijuana growing operation in Los Alamos and at a marijuana dispensary in Grover Beach, where records were seized.

The sheriff’s office is withholding details due to the ongoing investigation, but says the case involves the issue of fraudulent licensing and the black-market diversion of cannabis.

Authorities say illegal cannabis may not be properly tested and harms businesses that comply with laws and pay taxes.

Story by Associated Press