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. wildcat009

    I think it would make sense to legalize it, and I don't even smoke it! It would get the country out of debt, actually help the sick, and would cut back on the millions of dollars being spent on drug raids, housing prisoners, etc! The logic is there! Whoever does not see that is an idiot!

    July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rebelking

    haha .. here you yanks are digging up pot plants while the whole country is going bankrupt.. glad your prioritys are in the right direction.. hahaha

    July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • b. Slider

      TRUE DAT!!!!

      July 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canuck

      America is going bankrupt and should think of other priorities rather then raid someones grow op which is just a herb. The states should be worrying about all the cocaine and heroine coming through the mexican border BUT then agian the C.I.A is probably in on it.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bogus

      Obviously most of the posts here are from potheads.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. b. Slider

    LEGALIZE IT AND TAX IT!!! I'm pretty sure that California can use the $$$, and isn't it better tog o there then to some bad, bad people?

    July 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Apeman

    One down, 4236 to go, stupid is as stupid does...

    July 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AGBeer

    Seriously, this is actually a GOOD thing as these are rebel MEXICAN growers that are doing this. If we regulate our OWN US MARKET then we can send those illegals packing.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • cg

      Incorrect sir. Americans in their 20's and up in Mendicino. You have been brainwashed is all. 🙂

      July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob Zmuda

    Stupid, stupid, stupid. What a huge waste of money and resources.

    It is a plant.

    July 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucidz

      I agree. Protecting evil, vicious hikers and campers from gun toting mexican cartels is just a waste.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Obama Bin Laden

    "It is unclear who the growers might be" – what do they have to do – walk out of the forest wearing a backpack leafblower and eating tacos for you to figure this out????

    July 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary M

    I agree w/ the many posters here. This has become a ludicrous debate. Legalize the stuff already!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chris`

    Agreed....imagine the millions and millions of tax revenue that can be collected if it were legal and regulated like booze

    July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pop1

    decriminalize on a federal level, let the states have the rights to do as voters want and then TAX the living bejeebus out of it and help fund useful programs such as education R&D and domestic security for any state that votes to legaslize and commericalize it.
    I woulnd't mind going ot walmart and buying a bottle of wine and a pack of doobies for a friday ngiht with the wife.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Malakai-

    If we do not have the right to make private decisions regarding our own physical bodies and what we consume, then what 'rights' do we really have?

    July 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dr. Anthony Hayward

    Hopefully they don't have a spill when transporting the pot. The people in new orleans and the surrounding parts would be furious!!! Wait what?

    July 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JustThinkinOutloud

    I want pot...mmmmm...

    July 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Maui420L

    Thank god.... now prices can go back up thousands of dollar per #....
    aside from destroying 900,000,000 in bud that the state could have harvested
    and sold to clinics or made hash or give it to those on welfare that might need it...
    But Cali has been so well managed, like the rest of the US its broke and giving away money...
    Wonder how much that operation cost...
    Yet more kids die from Alcohol and cigs than all the illegal drugs combined and we spend billions going after pot smokers
    while corporations are really killing your children...

    July 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucidz

      So, by your math every plant would cost $3,000?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
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