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. Fank Castle

    Two Thumbs down! The war on pot is a wast of time and money!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mobrule

    what a waste of taxes, manpower and time. had it been legal those same plants could have brought millions into the economy.

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

      the problem is that so may by their own pride cannot accept the fact that they are wrong about pot.. they continue to fight against it because they cannot admit that they were wrong all the time... 🙂

      July 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Selmers

    I love this "Caused environmental damage" I believe the cops are going to go in and cut down 300,000 plants.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • TPOD

      There actually is environmental damage. Don't get me wrong. I am with you guys. But the people that they just put out of business aren't the ones selling the good stuff. They are the criminals that don't own their own land, and shoot at people who come onto that PUBLIC land. So please don't hang me, but check it out you'd be surprised. I agree with the guy who says we could have made a ton of money by switching to GEICO. But until that happens, people like this will continue not only to damage the ecosystem , but the reputation of good hard working pot smokers all over the country. Buy your own land and stop destroying our national parks please. Think about it, they arrested 80 people? I don't know for sure, but that's a lot of food, water, area, to take up. They aren't all sleeping in hotels. They live in these forests and pollute the area they live in for months at a time before cutting down their harvest and moving to a new location. They don't take anything with them. They pack up and go. Leaving large mounds of trash both in the camp site, and scattered throughout the forest. They redirect water sources to irrigate these large pot plantations, diverting it from the areas that need it. Not to mention the pesticides used on the marijuana to keep them free of infestations, that would not otherwise be there. Its not a cut and tight operation. Its loose on the go and expendable. Which is never a good thin for the environment. Lemme know what you think.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lulu

      Keep in mind these plants are not native to the areas in which they were being grown & thus a lot of irrigation equipment, pesticides & fertilizers went into providing an artificial environment for them. That damage, along with the damage from the farmers movements & camping to protect the crop would indeed cause environmental damage.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. duhh

    sad day..:(

    July 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob in SLC

      no man not a sad day – this is great – busting illegal gang based farms helps promote pot growing as a legal business. It supports the legal sellers and growers who do it on their own land instead of public lands. I am a smoker and hate to see pot get busted but in this case it is the right thing to do.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucidz

      Its sad because hikers and campers who were trying to enact their government provided right to visit forests and woods deserved to get shot at by illegal marijuana growers?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • kricket

      yeah – sad day... HAVE TO GO BACK AND GROW BROCOLI.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brad

    I got all day CNN keep censoring my comments. Just trying to spread the word, on something directly related to the story.


    July 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jerm

    ummm i disagree with u fredman, please tell me a pothead that goes out and kills and steals to get pot! REALLY! i bet u work with people that smoke and function just fine, infact so fine that ur blind to it!!!! and i bet there is people in your family that smoke, maybe your wife, son daughter, ect!!! pot is every where!!!! u cant bet it, it can be growing in a bedroom closet in 90 days!!!! u really think they can stop this!!! PLEASE goodluck!! your beating a dead horse and wasteing my tax money!

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

      A guy was shot in Sacramento last week by two guys who knew he had a medical marijuana card and they broke into his house.

      July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Samson Simpson

    damn i hope prices dont go up

    July 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Byrd

    Alternate Factual Headline: California authorities have returned untold acres of arable land to desert. Everybody say "Yea!" Idiots.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. steven mullins

    noooooooooooo we need that money if the goverment was smart they would have just taken the money and pay back china.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anandamide

    I bet over half of the comments are people disappointed with the govt for not protecting the people. Cannabis is the savior and the FDA knows that

    July 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Byrd

      Glad to see that at least one other person has awakened. Peace be upon you and yours!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. what's a girl to do

    What a total waste!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. maggie

    Maybe some of you were too high to read the whole article, but I'm 100% for using my tax money to stop people who set up any kind of business in a national forest and guard it by shooting at people.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • wildcat009

      That is ridiculous! What are you a cop or a National Guard? Seriously it was a waste of money that could have been spent to help the country in what seems to be the worst time it's ever seen! People like you make me sick, and I actually feel sorry for you, because you seem to have no knowledge whatsoever about cannabis and how many things it can be used for and the money this country could see from it! Hopefully one day you will pick up a book and read on it! The list of it's uses is endless!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. juicey

    was my post censored for saying d a m n!?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. trish

    Hey guys, will you visit HelpFaye.ORG a friend of mine is fighting for her life... Thank you

    July 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
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