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. Ben From KY

    Male 43yrs old
    WHY OH WHY OH WHY?!?!?!?
    If the research about marijuana healing ANYTHING to do with cancer s true, then you can bet that big money drug companies are fully behind NOT legalizing it. Too much money to be made nursing cancer along. theres always going to be plenty of people to pay for treatment until they die. But the hell with all that...300,00 PLANTS? WHY OH WHY OH WHY?!?!?!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Benjamin Dover

    MARILIZE LEGAUNA MAN, AND BUY STOCK IN DOMINO"S, YEAH!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • john percer

      thats 2 bad

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

      Those are some dangerous woodland creatures.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canuck

      MMM pizza lol and smoke........................... But then there would be another problem in america for obesity EVEN Though its a problem with out the dope lol.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TeachMe

    Cool.

    So how many teachers had to be laid off to win this war on pot?

    July 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe John

      That is the number one question, I would nominate you for president!

      July 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nookster

      And how many more prisons built and prison guards hired.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nookster

      Just two questions. Does anyone grow tabacco in the national forest? Why?

      July 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Farrok

    Uncle Sam is a demented ol Fool and needs someone (the People) to slap his face hard and wake the old fool up......................

    July 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Skolo

    One day in history, future generations will look back and see what a JOKE it was to WASTE precious resources and government spending on tracking down pot users and growers. It will be like when alcohol was illegal. What a HUGE waste of time and effort on this never ending battle. Alcohol does so much more damage to lives, but is totally legal. IDIOTS that can't see the obvious in front of their faces....LET IT GO!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tmo

    Hmm. May if it were REGULATED, the environment wouldn't be suffering from these farms.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Will

    The supply goes down, so the price goes up, so the producers have even more incentive to grow even more pot. Some "victory" for the war on drugs.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan Horowitz

    YES!!! SCORE!!! WOOOO HOOOO!!!! Another crushing defeat for the potheads!!! WHEN will they ever learn? Now what should California do with the plants? Normally they are destroyed but can California afford to do that while in the worst financial debt in history? Perhaps they should sell it to the marijuana dispensaries in Californa. The state government woulld benefit from both the direct sale AND the state taxes from the resale. Nah, since federal law still prohibits marijuana and federal authorities were part of the raid, they'll probably end up destroying it, which is probably best for the citizenry as well since they shouldn't have it in the first place.

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

      these are the amateurs at work, real profitable professional marijuana isn't grown outdoors anymore.

      July 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MattAtJMU

    The fact that marijuana is, not only still illegal, but still too taboo of a subject for honest and open discussion is the reason why this country is doomed.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jimmerz

    now if the state taxed that pot, how much money would come in??

    July 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucidz

      Probably less money than that raid even cost.

      July 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alison

    "Officials are beginning the massive cleanup of the sites..." (i.e. getting hiiiiiiiiiigh!)

    80 more people going to jail and overcrowding the system so that morons like Paris Hilton walk free after a few hours. Lovely.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jon doe

    Wow, Mexicans ruining our national forests too??? nah, couldnt be........

    July 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • erock

      no, if it were mexicans the goverment wouldnt do a thing to them, illeagls are more protected and have more rights then anyone else in the state...

      July 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KidCanada

    I guarantee if the US legalizes pot the revenue will be enough that there won't be this debt crisis happening every two years, the markets will stabilize with enough left over so the US can go back to killing brown people oversea.
    That is why George Washington made it mandatory to grow pot!
    This is the biggest no brainer ever!

    July 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucidz

      As you may remember from high school (Or not, as the case may be), show me the math. How did you reach that conclusion? Figures?

      July 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike in NYC

    Screw it .... legalize it, tax it and get it over with!!!! I've never known anyone to pot smoke themselves to death. I HAVE, however, known several people that have drank themselves to death. I guess pot needs better lobbyists! lol

    July 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. steve

    if it were legal again instead of black market, there would be no problems like this at all. People would buy or grow their pot legally, and the cartels would be no longer able to sell their product to anyone. Furthermore, there would be all that revenue from taxing the marijuana or selling tax stamps for those who wish to grow their own. But if it's sold in stores like tobacco is, people would be more likely to just buy it already made into cigarettes.

    July 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucidz

      It is legal to grow and buy in California. This illegal operation was in California. So what's your point?

      July 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
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