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. flarnkingsgargle

    if weed was legal, Phillip Morris and other corporations with Ag. land holdings would start massive grow ops, and no one would ever need to plant it in national forests or any other public land. DUHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. billy s

    Pot should never be legalized in America, or anywhere else for that matter. Marijuana is extremely dangerous and addictive and it is possible to overdose. People have died from smoking it. This one guy smoked it and then he died. We should concentrate on important things like going to church and voting for Michelle Bachmann because that is what Jesus wants us to do. Would Jesus smoke pot? No way! Jesus spoke many times about how pot can lead to other bad things like meth and heroin. There was a recent study done by Harvard that concluded anyone who smokes pot has a 95% chance of doing meth. Not so harmless after all hmm?

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

      You need to stop watching Faux Non-News

      July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chong

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

      The Pot Republic

      Watch it.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chong

      Yeah, evertime I smoke some bud I just seem to go on these huge meth benders.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      jessica: i think billy s was being sarcastic

      July 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're an idiot.

      The name pretty much sums it up.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • This Guy

      TROLL!!!!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • theright1

      oh buddy, please read up...whens the last time pot killed anyone??? im sorry but alcohol kills more people than pot will ever!!! you need to pick up a book and stop reading fiction novels.

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

      hahahaha!! are you stephen colbert?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ian

      i'm kind of suprised at how many people aren't picking up on this guy's sarcasm.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Selmers

      LMAO! Great stuff! Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

      July 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave H

      troll. no one can possibly be this stupid

      July 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      "This one guy smoked it and then he died. "
      Really? Great example!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • You Are Hilarious

      Dood, You are right about the dumbest individual that has graced the pages of CNN.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in SLC

      that's some fumy stuff there billy – I don't think most people picked up on your sarcasm.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • deez

      so retarted... its just pot who cares.. it has so many useful pruposes in this world... and dont forget who owns the patent on mary J.. thats right the US GOV... look it up.. they will never make it legal becasue its worth so much more money illegal and if you think for one sec the feds pockets are not gettign lined fat from POT, then you are a complete tard... just let it be and let people make thier own choices... i know several people who prob can not function without it.. migraines, cancer, etc...

      July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Victoria BC

      i think those of you who dont get that he is joking are actually that stupid lol!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • 66Biker

      There is a 95% chance that anyone who is as stupid enough to believe all the moose muffins we hear about pot will be a lifelong Republicon.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • deez

      Bill S..

      you sound like some tard religious freak who probably spends a bit to much time worrying about pointing fingers at other people do distract from whatever kinda sick churchy crap you got goin on in the basement...

      hate you freaks...

      July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • InFlorida

      Come on people–can't you recognize sarcastic humor when you see it? Hilarious Billy–I especially like "This one guy smoked it and then he died." Great stuff. The scary thing is that while you're joking, guys like William Bennett are making the 'gateway' claim with a straight face.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris`

      Faux news parrot. you have NO idea what you are spewing out of that parrot orifice in your head.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • 420chik

      OMG LMAO puff puff pass stop hoggin that blunt Billy

      July 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • asphalttech

      Would Jesus and his apostles smoke pot? I don't see why not. They were all crazy tripping on shrooms and the like when they came up with the Bible.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • petercha

      Betcha all the people who didn't get Billy's sarcasm were high at the time.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kill-bees

    if the average joe know s that 50% of all taxes are paid to pay for police and military cost they'll be SHOcked and 50% of people in prison aer for non-violent drug 'offences'

    July 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      50% sounds awful low. I have read papers written that claim the number is between 70% to 80% are in for drug charges.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      Also when were on the topic if it was a high as 70% or more can't you see why the prison/security lobby find it essential to keep these types of offenders in prison for victimless crimes? If prison was for real criminals their profit margin would greatly decrease and they would be put out of business. That's why people are serving 20 years or more for various drug charges now days, it isn't about the crime it's all about the money....

      July 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      And lastly they would lose their slave labor work force. American prisons are now having prisoners work and some states they make pennies while they manufacture goods for private companies. Prisoners are making $0.23 an hour manufacturing patriot missiles bullet proof vests, and other goods. Go to youtube and watch "watch?v=q-5_7Xg9z9M".

      July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jessica

    🙁

    July 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chong

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

    The Pot Republic

    Should be a good show. PBS is very informative.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. od

    If everyone was allowed to grow, this wouldn't be a problem. The plant doesn't involve guns, the money does.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Victoria BC

    Here in Victoria BC Canada one can get a prescription from a doctor and then go to the 'book store' downtown and choose from a variety of strains of marijuana and purchase legally. And while the law here continually spout out the usual rhetoric about the Hells Angels and other organized crime groups being the major growers of marijuana in the region, as a long term resident I beg to differ. Ive seen or known about many a large scale indoor grow op over the years being run by regular people, and every year I know people who plant 1000's of plants in the forest and again they are just regular people, not gang affiliates.

    What it boils down to is that regular people want pot. Ive smoked it with off duty police officers at parties. Ive smoked it with news anchor men. Lawyers. Once even a doctor. Ive smoked it with the squarest acting tax paying church going people you can imagine. Ive smoked it with 18 year olds and 80 year olds. Hippies love it and yuppies love it. Rednecks love it, loggers love it and moms at home love it. None of these people are 'destroying society' – on the contrary they are all tax payers and homeowners and such.

    until the govt realizes this in either country – the war on weed will continue to empty public govt coffers and allow ignorant naysayers a soap box to preach from. But I think its obvious.. grandma can grow weed in her yard and nobody will ever know.. if this was such a 'gateway drug' then why arent all these marijuana users growing opium poppies in their gardens ( another plant which will grow like a weed in the pacific northwest if given a chance)

    July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Selmers

      Beautiful! 8)

      July 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • InFlorida

      Completely agreed, although in this case I have problems with what the growers did here ONLY because (1) it was being grown in a national park where it's not native (can affect/do harm to the ecology), and (2) guys with guns were threatening people and preventing them from entering a national park. These are both just wrong, and entirely separate issues from whether or not marijuana should be legal–and I'm right with you (as I believe the majority of posters are here) in the belief that it should be legalized.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • 420chik

      sounds heavenly in Canada...

      July 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fupped Duck

    Bowl up cheap dog!!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rob

    you guys need to know that they will never legalize the drug. Hemp can replace lots of things that trees provide or cotton. Therefor companies that supply paper or cotton material would go bankrupt and jobs will be lost. Americans are very firm on their laws, they either add more or manipulate some, but rarely remove any. goodluck

    July 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Victoria BC

    here's an example of absurd laws. i was caught with a gram of weed in 1991 and now at the age of 41 Im still technicaly barred from entering the USA, even though I can see it from my bedroom window. I can fly to pretty much any other country on the planet without issue, but I cant drive 20 miles to spend money in the USA because when I was a tween I smoked some pot on the way to a movie... Since 1991 I estimate Id have spent near $15 000 cash on gas, beer, electronics, guitars, concerts, day trips to Seattle, weekends in Vegas etc. had I been allowed to catch the ferry over to the USA... all because I had $10 worth of pot in my pocket... now when all my buddies drive down to the Gorge for a great music festivals, or fly to Vegas for the week etc. I just mumble off some excuse about being too busy and they all fly off to spend $$$$ in the USA..

    July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Apocatequil

    I think this will mark a turning point in the drug war. This spells the defeat of marijuana use. I think it is time to salute the heroes.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cecil420

    I hope the agents who did this to these people rot in hell and wish the worst to them all! unreal they still going after pot growers!?! Obama you lied to all of us you will never win a 2nd term!! Ron Paul 2012

    July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Blake

    I wonder if the cops will burn it all 🙂

    July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. InFlorida

    I have problems with what the growers did here because (1) it was being grown in a national park where it's not native (can affect/do harm to the ecology), and (2) if it was true, that guys with guns were threatening people and preventing them from entering a national park. These are both just wrong, and entirely separate issues from whether or not marijuana should be legal–and I believe that it should be legalized.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. johninmemphis

    WHAT A WASTE

    July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
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