Pot farms in California forest raided, dozens arrested
About 292,000 marijuana plants were found in the raid.
July 26th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

Pot farms in California forest raided, dozens arrested

Nearly 80 people have been arrested in the largest marijuana-eradication law enforcement operation in California history, several local reports say. About 292,000 plants have been discovered, Justice Department spokeswoman Michelle Gregory told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

Raids involving local, state and federal authorities have been going on for days in the Mendocino National Forest in remote, mountainous areas in Glenn, Colusa, Tehama, Mendocino, Lake and Trinity counties, according to the Tehama County Daily News.

Officials are beginning the massive cleanup of the sites, which have suffered environmental damage, the Daily News and Press-Democrat report.

The idea for the operation reportedly came after a public meeting in Covelo in north Mendocino County in 2010. Residents said that armed people had confronted them in and around the forest. Hikers and ranchers also said they had been shot at when they mistakenly walked into areas where marijuana was being grown, the Press-Democrat reports.

It's unclear who the growers might be.

Pot farms on national forests have been a problem in California and across the country for years.

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  1. Jman

    Yeah it is a waste of money to enforce marijuana laws. Though, the idiots who grew these particular plants brought it upon themselves. Did they think that they were gonna get away with shooting at hikers, ranchers, and locals? These idiots could have killed someone, so they forfeited any chance at growing their product without repercussions.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joann

    What,is so great about,growing pot?Why,not take up a hobby,like woodworking or auto fixing?Use,the money for EDUCATION,for our children.Take,up fishing,these hobbies are a lot better then;growing pot on a farm. JoAnn Bartholomew

    July 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • xtheist

      dont smoke much (if at all) do ya?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      from the grammar of your post your the one who needs an education

      July 27, 2011 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Oh the irony. It's "you're the one who needs an education."

      July 27, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      Yeah! Farmers, get a real job!

      July 27, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • ex420

      I think you mean punctuation, not "grammar"

      July 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. THE HOLY GHOST

    It is sad that most of the people posting negative comments seem to have no clue that the drug cartels have been using the national forests in Ca to grow their pot!
    When those low-lifes begin to use our innocent citizens for target practice, it is past time to eradicate the crop and the peons tending those crops!!

    July 27, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • danielle

      i don't even smoke it, but still and very educated on the subject! everyone has read the same article as you! i think it would be stupid not to legalize it! it has more purposes than just one, and why does it matter where they grew it at....if it were their back yard someone on here would still complain! people like you make me sick to sit and think that we actually have a way to get this country out of our debt crisis, save tax payers money on housing prisoners, and a lot of sick people would benefit from it! it's a no brainer! get a life and open your eyes!

      July 27, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Chicky poo

      Danielle, he wasn't saying all pot growers should be stopped just the ones who are growing in the national forests. You know why they are growing there?? Because they dont have a backyard here or family so they dont care who they shoot at. So when a father cant take his kids fishing for fear of getting shot at theres a problem that needs to be addressed.

      July 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • THE HOLY GHOST

      CHICKY POO
      It's sad that you have to explain something so simple to understand but so difficult for those who have trouble with comprehending anything but what they happen to think is right!
      Thanks, Chicky Poo!

      July 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • danielle

      what is sad is that you guys think you have to explain every little thing like nobody read the article! in all honesty i could care less about what either of you think! you have your views and i have mine! obviously neither one you "comprehended" what i was trying to explain! i wasn't agreeing that it was right for them to shoot at anyone, just simply saying that it doesn't matter where they would have grew it some people would still have something to say about it, "minus the shooting"!

      July 29, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. mklsgl

    Why did the DOJ get involved? Read paragraph 4. People were threatened and shot at.

    July 27, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • danielle

      i know what it said! my point is do you think they would have been shot at if the marijuana was marketed and taxed? uhh no! it's no different than when people used to bootleg whiskey, people were shot and killed all the time trying to get by with it or trying to stop it! when they made it legal they seen a difference and that's why it's still legal today! the only thing i can say is that alcohol causes more problems than just that it causes extreme health problems and makes people do idiotic things, but yet it's still legal! you can say what you want to, there is no comparison!

      July 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kristen

    good. pot is illegal for many reasons, needs to REMAIN illegal for the safety of our population, and the DEA needs to enforce it. too bad for potheads they should have found better things to do with their time.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • danielle

      i wish i could get the 5 sec. of my time wasted on reading your post!

      July 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil D. Boll

      Cannabis WAS Legal in the USA before 1937, why was it made illegal ? And give US One good reason why Cannabis threatens the Safety of our population any more than any other herb?

      July 28, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. StinginNettle

    Legalize licensed growers; rake up the revenue; fix California.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony the prophet

    Forget smoking it its illigal!!....about making tee out of it i am sure its a refreshing start....

    July 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mark

    People think pot users have a problem...when actually its THE people who hate/dislike pot users whom are the one with THE problem.* It seems sad that people still support degrading people by keeping it illegal . Anything you can say bad about pot you can say the same thing for a number of legal things out there today which don't put people in jail or degrade them with jobs/ life. (Guns, Alcohol , Pills )

    July 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Taimi

    Infomairton is power and now I'm a !@#$ing dictator.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
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