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. Nichole

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm all for the bust of the men with the guns, but don't destroy it! What is wrong with you people?????

    July 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donnie

      it's probably crappy weed anyway

      July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kerry Bedford, TX

    It happened to me when I walked to close to one of the growers farms, it's an understandable complaint. The growers are their own worst enemies. Their paranoia was their undoing. A self-full-filled prophesy.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerry Bedford, TX

      Can't they find a way to make it legal and pay taxes on it? CA could sure use the revenue.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chong

      Airing and online 9:00pm (eastern) on July 26th on PBS

      The Pot Republic

      July 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • 210

      wow that happened to you in TX? did they shoot at you?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerry Bedford, TX

      No, I was living in CA and visiting friends in the north. It was winter, snow on the ground, not even harvest time and they freaked out that my 3 year old ran on their property. That's severe.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Canada is waiting

    As evidenced by the Marc Emery extradition, the American tail wags the Canadian dog. We are willing and ready but won't do anything until you guys come around. Sad but true. The tide is turning and the truth will set you free.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerry Bedford, TX

      Why not be the forerunners on this one? Show the giant to the south how to bring in revenue. Canada did not follow the states into prohibition. People could cross the border to get their booze.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe Smith

    The country is in over its head with debt and it's still fighting that never ending battle to prevent people from getting the munchies and watching mindless crap on TV. Way to go! Want to get this country out of debt, legalize pot and tax the sh!t out of it istead of buring feilds of weed that will just come back – its a weed, duh.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Yeah, We could be making billions of the taxes on munchies alone and add in the tax on pot, the country would be out of debt pretty quick!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jackie

    You heard Janet Reno! Legalize and and tax it!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phearis

    292,000 *crying* 🙁

    July 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KC

    The pot was more valuable and more desirable then the illegals aliens...

    July 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ranger3D

    If you make it legal the government wouldn't even have to consider increasing your dept ceiling.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cannibust

    Sad thing is the majority of these plots are operated by Mexican drug cartels.
    They took our jobs!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kardiac

    Don't legalize marijuana because money can be raised from taxes. If that was the only reason then there are lots of things to legalize that would raise more money. Use your imagination. Legalize because it is the right thing to do.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      I couldn't care about the reason as long as they finally make it legal.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KC

    Pot has a chemical that actually surrounds the cells and keeps them from being destroyed for short periods of time after use. It's not permanant though....

    July 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mosmarter

      Yeah! Legalize and tax it! Then we will have even more welfare morons like you living in their parents' basements and driving erratically on the highways on their way to the nearest 7-11 for munchies!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dirtystone

    With the looming economic crisis we face, the wars, the unemployment....our government always has time and money, to wage a war on a plant....

    July 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Byrd

    Pot farmers are greening the desert, but American authorities are only worried about marijuana. Why? Because marijuana defeats mind control. Want to get rid of that too? Then destroy the St. Louis Arch. It's the NSA's primary, full wavelength antenna (630 ft) capable of interfacing with all electronic devices manufactured for or in the US. We can thank the NSA for that one. Don't believe me? A few short Googles should answer all of those questions.

    The Ferris Wheel in London is also a full wavelength antenna for electronic devices in that country.

    Coincidence? I think not.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kill-bees

    The conservatives or righ wing who want continued banned or illegalization of marijauna don't want to pay for the billions to enforce and cost of police and taxes to enforce criminalization of pot..only result pot prices go higher and more PROFIT for pot growers. california is broke and cannot afford the cost of enforcing FEDERAL ciminalization of pot laws..that is the reality...

    July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kill-bees

    it cost $50,000 to keep a pot criminal in prison,,,money better spent on education for kids.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
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