After barely hanging in for months amid a multitude of pandemic-related challenges thrown at restaurants, the husband-and-wife team behind Hope Cafe & Catering in Old Town Pasadena might throw in the towel. Amid coronavirus surge in California, 11 counties fall backward in reopening plans. According to officials, 350,000 plants and 20 tons of processed cannabis were seized on June 17th, 2019, MORE: $18 million cocaine bust in Philadelphia a record, MORE: At least 20 people arrested in connection to drug-dealing bikers. Super-spreading wedding party demonstrates COVID-19 risk posed by holiday gatherings. Bertholf’s boarding teams seized more than 3,100 pounds of suspected cocaine during the interdiction, Seaman Erik Villa Rodriguez/U.S. Bell said he keeps half of the product he grows for personal medicinal use, and his son sells the other half to trusted black marketeers. Officials said the seizure of the mixed variety of drugs is the first time in San Diego's history where five different types of drugs were found inside a tunnel. The U.S. Coast Guard has seized over 18,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $312 million in a series of drug busts in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.. We have corrected the missing space in the article. By September or October, Bell harvests the plants and hangs them to dry for 10 days before starting the two-month trimming process. Authorities uncovered about $30 million worth of drugs in an underground tunnel near San Diego. Years back, he also tended a larger indoor nursery that allowed him to harvest year-round. The drugs had a value of more than $165 million. The Coast Guard Cutter James crew stands aboard the cutter Oct. 28, 2019, Port Everglades, Fla. U.S. Coast Guard boarding team members climb aboard a suspected smuggling vessel in the Eastern Pacific in September 2019. The bust was so massive it took the authorities four days to complete. You have entered an incorrect email address! Thank you for reading our paper, have a great day! The year before, Riverside County passed an ordinance allowing qualified medical cannabis patients in unincorporated townships like Anza to grow 12 plants. The bust was so massive, it took authorities four days to complete, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, which directed the Cannabis Compliance Team to conduct the seizure earlier this month. The tunnel went from under the United States-Mexico border to a warehouse in a commercial complex in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego. “This is the Napa Valley of marijuana cultivation,” Bell said. Sincerely, We’re not trying to make a million bucks, I’m just passionate about this plant and the people involved with it.”. A close-up of one of Kendall Steinmetz’s cannabis plants. If you smoked it and it didn’t come from a legal source, many locals said, it might well have come from Anza. “We’re like any other farmer, we’re just passionate about our plants,” Steinmetz said. Martinez estimated $170 million in plants and processed marijuana were eradicated this year alone. Riverside County supervisors have so far shown little inclination to support the small, thriving marijuana growers of Anza. Hemet Sheriff’s joined the National Guard and many other police departments in Anza, CA., on the morning of June 5th, 2019. Small plane goes off runway and crashes in San Diego County; pilot is able to walk away. According to a report by the Anza Valley Municipal Advisory Council, 97% of Anza residents live on rural residential or agricultural land, which prevents them from growing and selling cannabis but allows other commercial farming. This particular drug bust goes down as one of the largest in California history, eight people were arrested that day and some more arrests are expected to be made.The criminals who organized the farms are facing multiple charges that will most likely result in many years behind bars. He was slapped with a code enforcement violation for his greenhouses. Riverside University Health System Receives $625,000 Grant to Expand Access to…, US surpasses 1 million virus cases in November, Riverside Launches COVID-19 Self Testing Sites, Coronavirus Testing Jumps In Riverside County, Affordable Health Screenings Coming to Hemet, California, Riverside University Health System Receives $625,000 Grant to Expand Access to Primary Care, Horrific Crash Leaves Two Dead in Riverside. When finished, he places the product into a nylon bag and uses a hydraulic press to create cannabis oil. When virus assistance program ends, there’s a good chance this Pasadena restaurant will too. Stephanie Lai is a 2020 intern for the Los Angeles Times. “So much revenue comes in from this plant, and we just want to positively contribute to the revenue stream in Anza. Lots more needs to be known about the Pfizer vaccine before COVID-19 is beaten. Approximately 40 acres were growing at the time of the search, according to officials.