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. Guillermo de la Vega

    The Bible says, "the truth shall set you free". Until the truth offends CNN.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fielding Mellish

    What a waste of money and some of the best reefer anywhere. Legalize it for God's sake!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dodo

      These are illegal growers.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • dodo

      meaning, you can't just grow in the national forest and fire upon nature walkers.... this is the kinda crap that keeps it illegal. these people have to go.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Laura

    Just legalize it already!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hospitalist

    What a waste of money and resources.. not to mention the weed. Destroying it will add value to the mexican stuff and put more money in the pockets of cartels and waste more of our tax money and resources fighting them... This is insanity.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      How do we know the money from this pot wasn't going to go back to the cartels anyway. We don't know who was growing it. A shame it's going to be destroyed but none the less if people are reporting getting shot at then it's not a friendly operation and it's on public land. People shouldn't have to worry about being harassed while enjoying nature.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Osama bin Laden

    Hello my friends in the USA. It is me Osama. I love to smoke out. It is vey very fun.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • rebel

      Sure its not SEAWEED your smoking???

      July 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GUNS AND STUFF

    People can't hike or enjoy the forest because an armed militia is there guarding the crop. That's the problem, not the weed. The weed is causing the armed militia, so they removed plants. C'mon fellow stoners, read the whole article.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JimGreen

    National Forests are paid for and owned by the public with our collective tax dollars. If I cant go in and start growing corn, cows, buffalo, etc. on that public land than no else should be able to use it. It is for PRESERVATION not exploitation. You want to grow pot? Go take out a mortgage, get a license, pay tax and do it like every other farmer does. Otherwise you are just a black market criminal with guns keeping me from using my park land. Not to mention the environmental and biological damage these jerks are doing. Crop rotation – yeah right.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Californian

    Testing to see if I'm blocked.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. StephensB

    Bummer man ..........
    as to the last question " unclear who the growers might be " ??????
    Who the he11 do you all think it is ??? It is drug cartels from central and south America .... and we all know that .
    If you smoke ..GROW YOUR OWN !!!! It's cheaper and doing so will at least put the pot division of cartels out of business !!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. My2cents

    This story made me chuckle a lil bit, ok first of all "about 292,000" "about"? was it a random guess, or was someone actually assigned to count each one of those plants? if so, can you just hear the conversation to his boss....so barney how many plants were there? well boss there were ABOUT 292,000 plants, ABOUT BARNEY!! ya, i sorta lost track after 189,000, might of missed one or two,(including the ones that are now in the back of my trunk). if your gonna guestimate I would say "there were just over 290,000 plants" doesn't that sound more official? And the second thing that caught my eye was at the very beginning of this story, "Nearly 80 people have been arrested" and then just a few sentences later... "It's unclear who the growers might be." haha...priceless, that brings me to my third observance....."Nearly 80 people" was Barney in charge of counting them too? duh 1...uh 2...uh 4..uh 3...uh 7....ill just say "ABOUT 80"

    July 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GEEZ

    ENOUGH PEOPLE DIE DAILY FROM SUBSTANCES ALREADY LEGAL. MORE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, CAR ACCIDENTS, MURDERS, AND OTHER UNLAWFUL ACTS COME FROM ALCOHOL. OH BUT IT IS FUN TO DRINK, BUT WHEN YOU DO YOU LIMIT YOURSELFAND ABILITIES, SO YOU GET BEHIND THE WHEEL AND BECAUSE YOU WERE HAVING FUN YOU ACCIDENTLY SWERVE AND WITH SLOW REACTION TIME YOU KILL THE INICENT BYSTANDER.GEEZ THINK!! TOBACCO CAUSES MORE BILLS TO OUR ALREADY STRAINED MEDICAL INDUSTRY(ALCOHOL DOES ALSO). SO HELL, LETS THROW SOME MORE ISSUES INTO SOCIETY IN THE NAME OF FUN AND SEE WHO DIES NEXT. IF CANCER DOESN'T GET YOU THEN STUPIDITY WILL.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Conway Twill

    Yes this is truly sad news. People being shot at for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, environmental damage, etc. This neurotic fear of a plant has gotten out of control. This is never going to stop until it's legalized and regulated in an orderly fashion. There is absolutely no benefit to continuing on this course. The DEA needs to be shut down. That is one way we can cut the debt, stop needlessly pumping billions into a war that can't be won and collect taxes on the product it attempts to control instead. The displaced DEA workers can be absorbed into other law enforcment areas and millions of new jobs will be created in the private sector.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TXJack

    Cannabis in the US was legal until 1906. We used to even Tax it.
    It was continued allowed to be grown on an industrial level for Hemp until 1937.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Donnie

    Those idiot pot farmers would probably be fine if they didn't use a national forest and threaten innocent people at gun point.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • dodo

      I'm guessing these are not people that are actually allowed to grow in California.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jake

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
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