Man Arrested For Allegedly Cultivating Marijuana

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A 39-year-old Santa Barbara man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly cultivating marijuana plants and violating the terms of his probation, which included a "no marijuana cultivation" clause, authorities said.

The man, Peter Joseph Gardner, was taken into custody after driving by his residence, located in the 2900 block of La Combadura Road, several times while detectives were searching the residence.

Authorities also served a search warrant at a residence in the 4700 block of Chandler St., where they say Gardner was cultivating the marijuana in order to skirt around his probation.

Detectives found 86 active marijuana plants, including a half of a pound of cultivated marijuana and scales, indicating the man intended to sell the drug, authorities said.

According to a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department news release, the investigation into the growing operation spanned three months.

The marijuana seized during the investigation has an estimated street value of $220,000.

Gardner was booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sales and cultivation of marijuana.

Authorities said other people living at the locations were contacted but were released without being charged.


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