The Lassen County Sheriff's office discovered 97 greenhouses during a cannabis enforcement operation in Ravendale this week. Photo by Lassen County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff’s office abates more than 22,000 marijuana plants in Ravendale enforcement operation

A search of a suspected illegal cannabis operation in Ravendale this week led local law enforcement officials to uncover 97 greenhouses, water storage ponds, and loaded firearms.

According to a statement from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, the agency served a criminal search warrant at a parcel in Ravendale, Wednesday, June 30. The warrant was served as part of an investigation into a large-scale illegal marijuana cultivation operation.

More than 22,000 cannabis plants were destroyed following a search of a suspected illegal grow operation.

Upon reaching the property, the statement continued, deputies observed two persons fleeing on foot from the far end of the grow operation. Based on the size of the grow, and the amount of unsecured property (greenhouses, trailers, etc.) between them and the suspects, the deputies chose not to pursue the persons.

Deputies and detectives meticulously searched and secured illegal cultivation site. The illegal cultivation operation was found to consist of, multiple recreational vehicle and outbuildings, along with 97 greenhouses, three water storage ponds, and extensive lighting and irrigation systems. During the search, detectives also located four loaded firearms that were seized.

During the search of a suspected illegal cannabis operation in Ravendale, detectives also located four loaded firearms that were seized, according to the sheriff’s office.

With the assistance of the Susanville Police Department, Susanville Fire Department, Lassen County Planning and Building Services, Lassen County Code Enforcement, Lassen County Administration, and the Lassen County Probation Department, the sheriff’s office was able to safely abate the illegal grow operation and destroy more than 22,000 marijuana plants.

The sheriff’s office is aware of numerous illegal cultivation operations in Lassen County, and will continue to work with Lassen County Code Enforcement on abatement operations, as well as conducting criminal investigations as time and resources permit.