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. RodBinNC

    You all know this is crappy Mexican compressed weed and not the really good stuff. If it were legal and people had the choice, this stuff would remain in the forest as people would buy Jack Herrer and OC Kush instead.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Jack Herer, my favorite. It's like you're in a dream.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      Sadly not true.

      If it was legalized, most people would buy the cheap stuff. It already happens every day with beer. People drinking pis-water like coors or miller, instead of the good beers with actual flavor.

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

      I think you would see a variety of things being purchased. With more options available to people more things would be tried. Its kind of like the explosion of the popularity of micro-brewed beers in this country. Grocery stores now stock dozens of different kinds of beer because people are genuinely interested in trying new things. Enough people choose to purchase these to make it economically profitable to produce. But there will always be people (college kids) who want whatever gets the job done cheapest.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      It shouldn't be in a National Park's forest period.

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

    more 'illegals' looking for the american dream???????? LMAO

    July 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ricky

    What a waste of American tax dollars. Paying for helicopters, cars, investigations & manual labor for all of this!!!! Meanwhile most of america is STILL happily puffing away on their weed. Yes this is a chunk missing but do you think it'll stop the weed-users of america? NO! NO NO NO NO.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      Hi welcome to reality after your reefer high. They were growing crops on public lands. It's illegal just for that reason. It could've been corn and it still would've been illegal.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chris

    i don't see what's wrong with this plant

    July 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DD

    So 80 people were arrested but they don't know who the growers might be? Then who was arrested?

    July 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • PUFF, PASS

      aliens,,, LMAO

      July 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bennett

    How is that $1 Trillion spent on this so called "War on Drugs" – or, in this case a highly useful plant with many purposes, working out? Money well spent Washington/CA etc?? Not one word about cutting this madness from the budget as the politicians who allegedly represent the people haggle out cuts to valuable programs that benefit our culture, economy and future. Seems like this "ship is going down."

    July 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Duce

    We can't come to a deal in regards to the debt ceiling but we can fund multi-million dollar operations to erradicate harmless plants... If it's the Mexican drug cartel, they need to just come out and say that and that would be justification within itself. If not, another great waste of tax payers' dollars.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frank

    In fairness, these are all operations run on state grounds by some of the shadiest people in existence. At least they're not busting down doors in residential neighborhoods.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Yeah but if people could legally grow this stuff at home or in private professional grow operations like other agricultural products there wouldn't be a market for these shady people on public land. The only reason this stuff goes on is that there is SO MUCH money involved that people will risk everything to do it.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BillyBob

    I'd like to know how much this massive eradication operation added to the national debt.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    Hope and Change you wanted it and you voted for it so shut up !

    July 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.Brown

      Did someone really take a jab at President Obama for this?????? Really????????? I mean do you even have a clue as to what powers the president has or better yet I have a retorical question which is do you know who's job it is to create these laws? The answer is no you don't lol!! The President dosen't have the power to enact laws, he does work with Congress to introduce new legislation and carries a great deal of power, particularly with members of his own party, to lobby for legislation he favors. If Congress should enact a law that the president opposes, he may veto the legislation before it can become law. Congress may override the presidential veto with a two-thirds majority of those in attendance in both the Senate and House of Representatives at the time the override vote is taken.

      With that said I don't agree with some laws but to put all the blame on the President is just silly and show a lack of understand as to what Obama is capable of. I sure would like to see this law changed but I'm sure the President and Congress have bigger fish to fry.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. all4one

    Why don't they take it up to D.C. and burn a big ol' pile of it in the white house? Maybe then the political parties will have a big laugh, relax a little and start working together to get the U.S. and it's people out of the financial poop hole.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bernie

    This is good for a few things 1)photo op for cops/commisioner/mayor in front of the drugs 2) might get a few votes for whoever 3)not contributing to eradication of drug use and availability in america

    July 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sekemet

    The destroyers of nature should be be-headed for this.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    And Dominos stock dropped 14 points with this news.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeremy

    12 comments in favor or marijuana legalization, 1 against due to "environmental concerns". I thought we were a government of, by, and for the people. I hope the government collapse happens soon so I can for once in my life experience freedom. USA = underlying socialist agenda

    July 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |

      You don't like our country? Try your goofy lifestyle and logic in The Peoples Republic of China!!

      July 27, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
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