SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) – Sonoma County inspectors shut down the largest non-permitted commercial cannabis cultivation ever in the county last week.
Inspectors with the county’s Permit and Resource Management Department on Wednesday found five properties south of Santa Rosa, but the majority of the 63,241 non-permitted plants were found at two properties, department spokeswoman Maggie Fleming said.READ MORE: Police Arrest Santa Rosa Man After Butane Explosion Rips Through Parking Lot
Some of the plants were interspersed with corn. One property had 2.5 acres of cannabis and the other had 3.3 acres, Fleming said. The two properties are located in endangered California tiger salamander habitat. One grow contained 26,650 plants and the other had 36,685 plants.READ MORE: Record Number Of Cargo Ships Waiting To Unload At Port Of Oakland May Delay Goods For Months
Prior to Wednesday, the largest illegal cannabis cultivation shut down in the county contained 13,000 plants, according to Fleming.
Since January, county inspectors have responded to 195 complaints of non-permitted cannabis activities, and about 161,000 cannabis plants have been abated, Fleming said.MORE NEWS: Eye On Earth: Battle Lines Set Over Proposal To Drill For Natural Gas in Suisun Marsh
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