An estimated 20 tons of illegal marijuana were seized in the south Riverside County communities of Anza and Aguanga along with cash, guns, honey oil and a banned pesticide when agencies served 38 warrants in raids on properties, sheriff’s deputies said.
Seven people were arrested during the action on Wednesday, and a stolen trailer was recovered on one of the properties, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. The seized marijuana was in the form of 31,878 plants, which were destroyed, and 4,165 pounds of processed plants, deputies said.
Authorities also collected 25 firearms as evidence, along with $46,221 in cash that was collected for asset forfeiture proceedings. Ten jars of honey oil were found, and a butane hash oil laboratory was dismantled at one of the locations, deputies said.
Carbofuran, a pesticide banned in the United States, was found at one of the locations.
Several local and state agencies were involved in the raids, the sheriff’s department said.