Thousands of cannabis plants were seized during a raid on a building in west Riverside where an illegal indoor grow was discovered, authorities said Thursday.

The Riverside County Cannabis Regulation Task Force conducted the operation in the predawn hours Wednesday in the 9000 block of Arlington Avenue, near Rutland Avenue.

Riverside police Officer Javier Cabrera said task force investigators had received multiple complaints about possible illicit activity within the business complex, leading to surveillance that helped investigators secure and serve a search warrant.

After law enforcement personnel entered the property, they located nearly 7,000 cannabis plants in various stages of growth, as well as 300 pounds of packaged marijuana, altogether valued at $4 million, according to Cabrera.

The operators of the illegal grow were not there, and no one was arrested, but the investigation is ongoing, Cabrera said.

He said all of the marijuana was removed for eventual destruction. It was not immediately known how long the grow had been there.

The task force has been conducting raids on a regular basis for the last three years. The unit consists of District Attorney’s Office investigators, sheriff’s deputies, code enforcement officers and police officers from multiple cities.

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