Cannabis Raid in Oakland Yields $10M in Illicit Products, Authorities Say

Police said that a multi-agency law enforcement operation last week in East Oakland yielded about $10 million worth of illicit cannabis products.

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Last week, an illegal cannabis operation in East Oakland was dismantled by authorities, resulting in the seizure of plants with an estimated retail value exceeding $10 million. CBS News reported that the operation took place on the 700 block of Kevin Court, where the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and other agencies conducted a joint operation.

This intervention followed an investigation into suspected illegal cultivation activities at the site. During the operation, over 12,000 cannabis plants were eradicated. A spokesperson for the Department of Fish and Wildlife shared these details with CBS News Bay Area, emphasizing the large scale of the operation.

The bust on March 29 marks the third enforcement action in the Oakland area over the past six months, highlighting ongoing efforts to curb illegal cannabis activities in the region. Along with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Cannabis Control was also involved in this recent operation, showcasing a collaborative approach to enforcing cannabis laws in California.

Although cannabis has been legalized in California since 2016, the state continues to grapple with a flourishing illicit market, a problem underscored by the recent bust in East Oakland. One of the main reasons for the persistence of this underground market is the high taxation and regulatory fees imposed on licensed cannabis businesses. These financial burdens often make it challenging for legal growers and dispensaries to compete with illicit operations, which evade state taxes and circumvent the stringent regulations that legal businesses must adhere to. There are also still numerous cities and counties in California that have banned cannabis businesses outright, effectively creating local monopolies for unregulated sales.

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