City of Palmdale logoPALMDALE, CA – Five people were arrested and thousands of cannabis plants were confiscated on Thursday, January 25, during an illicit marijuana cultivation investigation in the City of Palmdale.

The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Partners Against Crime team, in collaboration with LASD’s Marijuana Eradication team, conducted a comprehensive six-location search warrant operation. The search led to the seizure of 4,347 marijuana plants and approximately five hundred pounds of harvested cannabis flower, and the apprehension of five individuals who now face felony narcotics charges.

“The City of Palmdale remains committed to ensuring the safety of our residents,” said Mayor Austin Bishop. “This successful operation sends a clear message that illegal activities will not be tolerated, and we will continue to collaborate with our partner agencies to uphold the integrity of our community.”

The City of Palmdale Building and Safety division played a crucial role in the raids, documenting numerous building code violations at the locations.

In response to the drug bust, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration has launched an investigation into potential tax evasion. The Narcotics Bureau has also initiated a civil abatement case against the tenants of the properties involved. Additionally, Southern California Edison inspected the six locations and disconnected electrical power due to hazardous electrical wiring.

Mayor Pro Tem Richard J. Loa expressed his gratitude to all agencies involved, stating, “I extend my sincere thanks to the dedicated law enforcement teams, city staff and public entities who contributed to this operation. Your cooperation in a dedicated effort for the community’s well-being is truly commendable. The safety and security of our residents is our top priority, and this action helps us achieve that goal.”

For inquiries, please contact Stella Devine-Knight, communications manager, at or 661/267-5115.