The taxman could follow Southern California marijuana raids

Authorities arrested five people and seized thousands of plants in a crackdown on illegal marijuana grow operations in California’s Antelope Valley last week.

The raids targeted six locations in Palmdale on Jan. 25, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies seized 4,347 marijuana plants and roughly 500 pounds of harvested marijuana flower, LASD said in a social media post that included photos of the massive grow operations.

The exact locations were not disclosed.

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Numerous building code violations were noted, and workers from Southern California Edison disconnected power to the locations due to “unsafe and hazardous electrical wiring,” the sheriff’s department said.

The five people arrested not only face felony narcotics charges – they could also face a huge tax bill.

“Representatives from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration were notified of the service of this search warrant, and have initiated an independent investigation into tax evasion, seeking monetary reimbursement of unpaid taxes from the illegal sale of marijuana,” the department said.

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