$10 Million Cash and 100,000 Illegally Grown Marijuana Plants Seized in California's East Bay

More than $10 million in cash and more than 100,000 illegally grown marijuana plants were seized in a drug bust by California’s Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) on September 29, according to official reports.

The sheriff’s office said they executed over a dozen search warrants in the East Bay area, leading to the takedown of one of the largest illegal grow operations in the state. “This organized and sophisticated network of individuals were making tens of millions of dollars in profit and avoiding California Marijuana Regulations,” the ACSO wrote.

Additional assets seized included millions of dollars’ worth of guns, growing infrastructure and supplies, lighting, and other equipment. The ACSO called their operation “the biggest illegal marijuana bust in Bay Area history.”

This video shared by the ACSO on September 30 shows a man using a gas-powered trimmer to cut marijuana plants. Credit: Alameda County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful

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