Large Illegal Weed Cultivation in Charleston View Area Worth Approx. $35 Million

Illegal grows in the Charleston View Area of Panamint Mountain (Photo: Inyo County Sheriff)

Following is the official press release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office: June 1, 2021


INYO COUNTY, CA, June 1, 2021 – On March 10, 2021 the Inyo County Agricultural Office was notified of a large illegal marijuana cultivation operation in the Charleston View area of Inyo County. The operation had no county or state permits to cultivate marijuana.

Inyo County Sheriff’s personnel conducted surveillance at the locations and determined there were three active illegal marijuana cultivations operating in the Charleston View area.

Investigators obtained search warrants and on May 27 the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), California Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Inyo County Agricultural Commission and personnel from the Cal Cannabis and Habitat Conservation Unit
served the warrants at each of the locations.

During the service of the search warrants, 15 cultivators were detained, identified, interviewed and released at the scene. Additionally, five handguns and one rifle were seized. 17,450 plants were eradicated from 31 grow structures from the three separate sites. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana was $34,900,000.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office will be requesting that charges be filed with the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office.



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2 years ago

So basically the county is mad they didn’t get their cut. Marijuana should be decriminalized. This grow was on public land so I see no harm to anyone. The only victim was the county didn’t get their cut. Why were the guns seized?