Deputies arrest alleged illegal cannabis delivery service owner

A Santa Maria man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly operating an illegal marijuana delivery business that included an unlicensed cannabis grow that he hid in a concealed room.

After a month-long investigation into the alleged illegal marijuana delivery service,  Santa Barbara County sheriff deputies determined 42-year-old Gilbert Montoya did not have any state or county licenses while selling untested and unverified products, which consisted of cannabis flower, vapes, pre-rolls, wax and edibles.

At approximately 7 a.m. on Thursday, deputies raided residences affiliated with Montoya on the 100 block of E. Sunset Avenue and the 900 block of E. Hermosa. In one of the homes, detectives found a small and unlicensed commercial cannabis grow located in a room concealed by false walls.

During the raids, deputies discovered a stolen firearm, ammo, illegal and untested cannabis products for sale and cash.

Deputies booked Montoya into the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana for sale and for unlawful possession of ammunition. He is being held in lieu of $35,000 bail.

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