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Authorities seize $19M in illegal cannabis from West Berkeley warehouse

Authorities seized about 12,000 pounds of cannabis worth over $19 million from a Berkeley warehouse, the latest in a series of raids on illegal grows in the East Bay.

ByAlly MarkovichFeb. 16, 2023, 1:54 p.m.

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Authorities shut down a major illegal cannabis grow in West Berkeley last week, seizing about 12,000 pounds of cannabis worth over $19 million, according to the agency.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, the Department of Cannabis Control served a search warrant at a warehouse at 2427 Fourth St., where they seized 22,600 cannabis plants worth $18.6 million and 244 pounds of cannabis flower worth about $400,000.

The warehouse, previously home to a sheetmetal company called Graysix Co., was “heavily fortified,” according to David Hafner, a spokesperson for the Department of Cannabis Control.

The Department of Cannabis Control, created by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2021, led the operation, joined by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California National Guard, the Berkeley Police Department and Berkeley Code Enforcement. The raid was first reported by the Berkeley Scanner.