Santa Barbara
61° F
Clear
Clear
Santa Maria
56° F
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
San Luis Obispo
58° F
Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds
Ventura
58° F
Clear
Clear

Hikers warned to watch for pot growers

By John Palminteri, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Senior Reporter, johnp1250@aol.com
Published On: Jul 15 2013 07:29:57 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 16 2013 10:11:47 AM CDT

Hikers are asked to be vigilant and careful when hiking along trail heads that could have them stumble upon marijuana plantations.

MONTECITO, Calif. -

Hikers are being warned to be aware of their surroundings on trails that go deep into canyons where illegal marijuana farms have been found.

Last week two pot fields were found, cut down and hauled out off the Romero Canyon trail in Montecito.

One suspect was seen running from the area.

No arrests have been made.

"They have had cases where the subjects are armed in these situations and it's very dangerous," said Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Information Officer Kelly Hoover.

Hikers on the trail this morning said they never saw anyone tending to fields or acting suspciously.  "Never seen anything that's made me nervous while I am hiking up here,"  said hiker Anni Weiss.

Narcotics detectives say they want the public's help if pot fields are found but they don't want any hikers to take risks where the illegal grows are taking place.

"It's unlawful, and these people can be dangerous," said Hoover.

You're advised to hike with a cell phone in case there is an emergency need on the trails. One hiker says his works on the Romero Trail without a glitch all the way to the top.

Jack Sawaske says he is not worried about the trail or the people he sees. "I am here four or five days a week," he said.  

Sawaske carries a phone and has not had a problem with anything unusual.

Investigators say often in addition to the marijuana, they find hazardous waste and weapons.

"They have had cases where the subjects are armed in these situations and it's very dangerous," said  Hoover.

Comments

The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • fatal_accident_investigation

    Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.

  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff s candidates forum

    Santa Barbara County Sheriff Candidates Face-Off

    Santa Barbara County Sheriff candidates squared-off at a candidates forum Wednesday night.

  • State Street Benches Gone

    Benches Removed in Two Block Area of Downtown Santa Barbara

    Benches have been removed in a two block area of State Street between Haley and Ortega Streets in downtown Santa Barbara.  The city says they are being cleaned and repaired.

  • Ordinary Citizens Receive Awards for Acts of Heroism

    Ordinary Citizens Receive Awards For Acts of Heroism

    The Santa Barbara Police Department recognized some ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things. An awards ceremony was held Wednesday to recognize the acts of heroism.

    Each year officers nominate those in our community who they feel are deserving of the "Extra Step Awards" These awards recognize acts of heroism that include saving lives and aiding officers in fighting crime.

    A total of 8 people received the prestigious annual award sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara. They include:

    Daniel Green
    Mr. Green, Head of Security Operations at the Wildcat Lounge, assisted SBPD officers on multiple occasions in 2013 dealing with combative subjects and with alcohol-related, narcotics, and DUI investigations.  He was nominated by Officer Ethan Ragsdale.

    Thomas Eck
    Mr. Eck, the Santa Barbara High School Track Coach, prevented a felony fugitive from stealing a van and potentially driving through a crowd of student athletes and spectators leaving a track meet at Santa Barbara City College.  He was nominated by Officer Carl Kamin.

    William Barbaree & Nicholas McGilvray
    Mr. Barbaree and Mr. McGilvray performed lifesaving first aid, prior to the arrival of emergency personnel, to James Atwood and Ellen Atwood, two motorcyclists that had been struck by a drunk driver.  They were nominated by Officer Heather Clark.

    Devin Shaw, Eva Pagaling & Steffanie Colgate
    Mr. Shaw, Ms. Pagaling, and Ms. Colgate witnessed the hit-and-run collision that resulted in the death of Mallory Dies.  They pursued the suspect, tried to persuade him to return to the scene of the collision, called 9-1-1, and directed officers to the suspect's location resulting in his apprehension.  They were nominated by Officer Jaycee Hunter.

    Scott Houston
    Mr. Houston came to the aid of an officer struggling in the street with a bank robbery suspect, helping to detain the suspect until additional officers arrived on-scene.  He was nominated by Officer Richard Washington.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    3 Dead In Early Morning Accident, Driver Arrested For DUI

    The 101 southbound through Santa Barbara reopened just before 12:30 Monday afternoon as authorities investigate what they say was a deadly two car DUI accident.

  • Grover Beach Grand Theft

    Grover Beach Grand Theft

    Surveillance video shows man walk up to front door of home, and take two packages that did not belong to him.

  • sbhs_robotics_computer_science_1

    School Board Approves Computer Science Academy

    A new academy at Santa Barbara High School will give students a leg up on a high-tech career.

  • Roger Aceves Runs for Santa Barbara County Supervisor Seat

    Goleta Mayor Roger Aceves is running for Santa Barbara County Supervisor.

  • Lupita Nyong'o

    REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

    People's 'World's Most Beautiful' list 2014

    People magazine recently named Lupita Nyong'o its "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014. See which other ladies earned a coveted spot on the annual list.

  • Who's the Boss blurb image

    Sony Pictures Television

    Where are 'Who's the Boss?' stars now?

    With Tony Danza marking his 63rd birthday on Monday, join us for a look at what he and the rest of the cast of "Who's the Boss?" are up to today.