Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives discovered nearly $1 million worth of marijuana last Friday in what was called “the most sophisticated indoor grow ever seen in the county,” according to a sheriff’s department press release.
Sheriff’s detectives found the 360 marijuana plants while pursuing a search warrant at Industrial Digital Services on the 5700 block of Thornwood Drive in Goleta, which they believed was the site of a suspected growing operation. According to the press release, detectives arrested the owner of Industrial Digital Services and primary suspect in the case, identified as 57-year old Paul Fischer.
According to a press release, Fischer was allegedly making $80,000 a month from the Goleta growing operation and is suspected of being connected to a similar indoor operation in San Rafael, Calif. A search warrant was served for the San Rafael location and detectives discovered another 300 plants with an estimated value of $615,000.
Five additional suspects were found at the Goleta site trimming and drying the marijuana for distribution. Sixty pounds of marijuana was processed prior to the detectives’ arrival, which has an estimated worth of $246,000, the press release said.
According to paperwork found at the site, the suspects were selling the marijuana at $4,100 a pound. At this price, the remaining plants would have been worth nearly $740,000 once fully grown, according to the press release.
Fischer was charged for three felony crimes including possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy to commit a crime. Fischer was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.