Marijuana compliance check

The Kings County Narcotic Task Force seized and destroyed around 179 marijuana plants Thursday after a compliance check on a marijuana grow in rural Lemoore.

LEMOORE — A compliance check on a marijuana grow led to the seizure of over 400 pounds of marijuana, said Kings County Narcotic Task Force officials.

In early February, task force investigators said they went to 12419 17th Ave. in Lemoore and spoke with the occupants of the home. There were approximately 179 marijuana plants at the residence, which belonged to Amber Lance and Stephen Carvalho, officials said.

They informed the residents that their large marijuana grow was out of compliance and gave the occupants several weeks to become compliant with the Kings County marijuana ordinance.

On Thursday, officials said they conducted a marijuana compliance check at the same residence.

While investigators were on the property, they said they determined the marijuana grow was still out of compliance with the ordinance. As a result, officials said approximately 420 pounds of marijuana plants were seized and destroyed.

Authorities said marijuana grows are almost in season and as a result, the Kings County Narcotic Task Force is enforcing the county marijuana ordinance to its fullest extent.

Outdoor commercial and non-compliant medical marijuana grows in Kings County are prohibited by county ordinance and California state law. Details regarding the Kings County marijuana ordinance can be found on the County of Kings website at www.countyofkings.com.

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