$300 Million of Pot Seized In California
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SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. -- More than a hundred thousand pot plants are being pulled from Northern California ground; that's a street value of more than $300 million.
Air and ground recon, and tips from hunters and hikers has helped the Siskiyou County marijuana eradication team make two major busts in the past month. Last Thursday, September 22nd, they raided a grow near the salmon river and red banks campground, that netted more than 31,000 mature plants, worth $93 million.
At the beginning of the month, the team raided another garden, at the west end of the county, near Happy Camp. A series of five grow sites raided over two days worth more than $200 million. The sheriff's office says the people living at those sites, had created traps that could end up injuring anyone who gets near the gardens.
Siskiyou Sheriff John Lopey says altogether the county has pulled about a quarter million plants this year. With another month to go in this season, he expects those numbers to keep growing. Jackson County Sheriff's Officials say there have been fewer raids in Southern Oregon this year compared to last year. They say numbers are down significantly because there were 23 arrests made last year, most of them going up the growers' chain of command, helping stem the tide of illegal grow operations.
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