Welfare fraud suspect buys $1.1 million home, grows illegal pot, Calif. officials say

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A welfare recipient in Santa Cruz County recently spent more than $1.1 million to buy a home in the community — despite reporting no income and no assets, local authorities said. But a raid last week shed new light on the purchase, according to county officials.

Sheriff’s office staff executing a search warrant March 14 at the home in unincorporated Scotts Valley discovered “an unpermitted indoor cannabis cultivation operation” — complete with 115 marijuana plants, $155,038 in cash, 90 pounds of processed weed that was ready to sell, a station used to load vape pens, more than 10 pounds of cannabis resin and 1,100 vape pen cartridges with cannabis concentrate inside, according to a news release from the county.

County officials said sheriff’s staff assigned to the local Cannabis Licensing Office completed the search following a months-long

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