Three asset forfeiture lawsuits were filed by federal
prosecutors against properties housing marijuana operations in Santa Barbara
County, the U.S. Attorney General's Office in Los Angeles announced today.
Federal authorities also executed search warrants at four
locations and have sent letters warning people associated with 10 other illegal
marijuana stores in the county, according to federal officials.
The three properties are located Santa Barbara and Summerland
were marijuana is grown or the stores are currently operating, say officials.
The buildings named in the forfeiture lawsuits are Miramar
Collective on Ortega Hill Road in Summerland, which officials say was generated
$840,000 in profits in 2009, and whose owner is currently being prosecuted by
the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office.
Also Pacific Coast Collective on North Milpas in Santa
Barbara, which its operators say is a non-profit business. But authorities
allege that the business doesn't have a non-profit status for taxes, federal
official stated. The operator is being prosecuted by the Santa Barbara District
A search warrant was executed today at an indoor marijuana
farm on East Haley in Santa Barbara.
Federal authorities claim that substandard and unpermitted equipment was
used in that operation.
This week's legal action against the commercial marijuana industry in Santa Barbara County
follow similar action targeting illegal storefronts and grows in recent months in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino,
and eastern Los Angeles counties, according to federal prosecutors.