More than $3 million worth of cannabis, along with cash and guns, were confiscated from an unlicensed indoor cultivation operation in Livermore as part of a joint law enforcement investigation involving state and city agencies earlier this month.
No arrests have been made to date, although one person was detained and subsequently released from custody as part of the ongoing investigation, according to authorities.
"Illegal cannabis is tied to violent crime in our communities, harmful pesticides, and environmental damage and today's action represents an important step in our efforts to tackle the illegal market," said Bill Jones, chief of the California Department of Cannabis Control's Law Enforcement Division -- the agency that licenses and regulates cannabis businesses in the state.
"(The) successful enforcement action in Livermore resulted in over 2,400 pounds of illegal cannabis being seized," Jones added.
The investigation involved the state's Department of Cannabis Control and Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with the Livermore Police Department.
The agencies served multiple search warrants on Jan. 10 at an unlicensed marijuana grow operation inside a warehouse in an industrial part of Livermore. Cannabis Control officials declined to publicly specify where the commercial warehouse was located, citing the ongoing investigation.
As a result of the search, authorities reported seizing 3,460 cannabis plants valued at $2,140,875 and 683.1 pounds of processed cannabis flower valued at $1,127,115, along with $46,888 in cash, two handguns and one assault rifle.