Search warrants yield cannabis seizures 


ANTIOCH — State cannabis control workers joined city code-enforcement staff in warrant service searches at nine homes Wednesday, recovering cash, guns and more than $3 million worth of flowers and plants, authorities said.

In a statement Thursday, the state’s Department of Cannabis Control said detectives with its law enforcement division also saw help from city police, state fish and wildlife resources and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency serving those warrants, which yielded 68.9 pounds of cannabis flower and 5,200 cannabis plants, described as worth $3,331,185.

Detectives also confiscated more than $15,000 cash and five firearms, including one described as an illegal assault rifle.

California Department of Cannabis Control staff shared images Thursday, September 8, 2022 of marijuana plants seized and improperly wired electrical connections cited during one of eight search warrants served at homes Wednesday in Antioch, Calif. (Courtesy California Department of Cannabis Control)
California Department of Cannabis Control staff shared images Thursday, September 8, 2022 of marijuana plants seized and improperly wired electrical connections cited during one of nine search warrants served at homes Wednesday in Antioch, Calif. (Courtesy California Department of Cannabis Control) 

After city code-enforcement staff red-tagged those homes, “effectively removing the houses from the power grid for code violations related to improper electrical wiring,” the department also thanked its agency partners in its statement for helping “protect consumer safety, communities and a currently strained power grid.”

Department director Nicole Elliott mentioned the state’s electrical system, currently taxed by weather-driven demand spikes.

“California is committed to aggressively combating the illegal cannabis market by pursuing policy and enforcement actions such as these – actions that protect our power grid, housing stock, and public health and safety; safeguard the environment; and support licensed operators,” Elliott said in part.

“Coordinated actions with our law enforcement partners help us establish and maintain a safe, sustainable, and equitable cannabis market that benefits all Californians.”

A similar operation August 31 led to eight search warrants at city homes, with department detectives seizing 447.65 pounds of cannabis flower and 5,251 cannabis plants worth a described $3,991,391, as well as $7,980 cash and a firearm.

No arrests were made in that warrant service, and department officials did not immediately disclose arrests in Wednesday’s warrant service.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.



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