Marijuana Eradication Operation In Inyo NF 9/5

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Marijuana Eradication Operation In Inyo NF 9/5

Post by maverick » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:16 am

Inyo NF:
In partnership with numerous law enforcement agencies, eradicated 8,000 marijuana plants being grown illegally on forest land. In addition, 100 pounds of processed plants were also seized. The grow site was in a remote area of the Inyo Mountains.
US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Inyo County Sheriff's Office, Mono County District Attorney’s Office, and California Fish and Wildlife were involved in ensuring the grow site was safe to enter, securing the marijuana, and eradicating it in coordination with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
All agencies assisting in the eradication operation want to remind residents and visitors of the dangers that are inherent on illegal marijuana cultivation. If you become aware that you have come upon a cultivation site, leave immediately and do not attempt to engage with the growers. Once in a safe location, report as many details about the location to law enforcement.
Marijuana cultivation causes extreme damage to ecosystems. As part of the illegal cultivation process, growers are responsible for using miles of plastic tubing and diverting water from natural sources for crop irrigation. The use of banned herbicides and pesticides is also common practice. Additionally, marijuana cultivation sites often contain large amounts of trash and create fire hazards in wildland areas.
Law enforcement officers continue to investigate the grow site. No arrests have been made at this time.
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Re: Marijuana Eradication Operation In Inyo NF 9/5

Post by maverick » Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:35 pm

Also in Sequoia NP:
On September 5, 2018 law enforcement officers from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, and California Department of Justice raided an illegal marijuana cultivation site within Sequoia National Park.

Over 3,500 marijuana plants with a street value of $5,250,000 were eradicated. The site was located in a remote area of designated wilderness.

Extensive environmental damage was caused by the cultivators including thinned or removed vegetation, terraced hillsides, and approximately 10,000 gallons of water diverted from the ecosystem daily. Large amounts of trash, fertilizers, and pesticides were also found in the site.

For over a decade, well-organized drug-trafficking organizations have been operating large-scale cultivation operations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. These cultivation sites cause major damage to the parks’ natural resources and are a serious threat to public and staff safety. In the last 14 years, almost 300,000 plants with a value of almost $850 million have been eradicated in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

This investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.
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Re: Marijuana Eradication Operation In Inyo NF 9/5

Post by rightstar76 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:28 am

It's a real shame there is still an economic incentive for illegal grow sites. So much environmental destruction and also dangerous to hikers. Maybe legal marijuana will become profitable enough so that these growing operations disappear. I was reading on the FB pages for Inyo NF and Inyo County Sheriff comments like it's a small problem and why not donate it to the medical clinics. Seems like there is lack of information about the damage pesticides and runoff have on an ecosystem. Also, the marijuana is not held to the same safety standards that legal marijuana is held to. And it costs money to eradicate the grow sites. Unfortunate situation.

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