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. Jeff S

    Who cares what people drink or smoke or inject? Why are we spending money to regulate this crap. If its not causing other people harm and no one is being forced to do it just let it be.

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

      Don't get me wrong, I am not against smoking weed. I see it as significantly safer than drinking. But, when the people growing it are shooting at and threatening people in national forests something needs to be done.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Byrd

    So what have these sinister authorities actually done here: Destroy any proof that we could indeed green the deserts if we so wanted and create millions of good jobs.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. T3chsupport

    Great idea- go after the local growers who aren't getting blood-weed from Mexico, and leave those bloody Mexicans to fill the supply for the never-ending demand.

    Good job, guys.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      The "local growers" should use their own land to grow it on, as opposed to growing it in a national forest!

      July 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      My thoughts exactly, the legal medical (and taxed) supply is not going to pick up the slack.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JKR79

      Actually these "local" growers in these forests are usually illegal immigrants placed there by Mexican cartels to grow. They are armed and violent and destructive to the local habitat. I fully support letting people grow, but this is why they should be able to do it out in the open at farms and not on public

      July 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kandace

      Actually, most of the weed found in California's national forests is being grown by the Mexican drug cartels for distribution to other parts of the US, as has been for quite some time. Those guys figured out that its easier to smuggle a bag of marijuana seeds across the border than it is to smuggle the finished product.

      Its so easy to get a license to grow your own in CA these days so why would recreational pot smokers bother?

      July 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • T3chsupport

      True, should certainly be on their own land.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NocommentCNN

    Want to balance a federal budget? Here a fast way to save 80 Billion a year, end the War on Drugs.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cleareye1

    ...and the ridiculous "War on Drugs" continues to waste countless amounts of money. Obama should wake up and tell the DEA to look for a real job and quit living off the taxpayers like they were welfare cheats.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loki

      he already did...

      July 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scott

    Nooooo! Oh the humanity

    July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    Hey this is California–I see people walking down the street smoking weed every day. I'm betting that an equal amount of weed was burned up yesterday-one joint at a time. The war on drugs is a gigantic failure and an enormous waste of money. Give it up.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Haha to 'same amount' -good one! And all they did is made Mexican gangs little more busy for the next couple of days 😉

      July 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jojo

    Getting a little tired of government telling me what I can or cannot do in regards to my own body.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bronco

      I agree...I'm tired of the government running MY life!

      July 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |

      Well, Jojo, go stuff yourself, none will give a rat's behind!

      July 27, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    DEA- what a waste and bloody business!!! Did anyone noticed less drugs on a streets? I drive a cab and noticed several times that people buy cocaine even in front of police car across the street in Chicago!!! Forever War on drugs Blah blah blah... =P

    July 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. What a waste

    Oh the humanity!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Modern Philosophy

    Stop the genocide man!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jack

    The CIA will never allow legalization because they are the main importers.
    In a central banking system, a bubble economy, if you dont have enough liquidity, actual cash trading the system will crash.
    The CIA's job is to insure that never happens. They must keep it illegal and never available to be purchased with a atm card. Colin Powell paid the Afghan farmers to return to growing Opium after the Taliban with their religious fundamentalism burned the crops and forced farmers to stop. Then we invaded and like today, More Money in afghanistan has disappeared. now you know where the money is going. the US cant say what its paying for, so it always mysteriously disappears.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. frmrma

    I love all the comments that are basically saying "who cares if people want to smoke pot", "what a waste of money", and other nonsense. Here is a thought...don't grow this stuff on public land and you won't see raids like this. Are the feds and us taxpayers just supposed to sit back and let dealers use our publicly funded national forests as their marijuana farms?

    July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Yes, i don't want any pot growing in the forest! But why it's in the forest, hidden? Maybe because old goverment farts, like Carter, over did it, to make weed look evil, with no strong proof. Personally i don't smoke, but would vote to legalise it asap.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reverend Herer

      Here's another thought...If it weren't illegal, nobody would feel the need to grow it on public land or steal it or kill for it. Smokers and non-smokers would ALL reap the benefits. Drug cartels wouldn't.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jack Tripper

    legalize weed – we need the tax dollars

    July 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wendy

    It's time to tell our Government to pass the H.R. 2306 to end the Prohibition of Marijuana, let the states handle their laws individually and ultimately generate revenue just like we do on Alcohol and Cigarettes. Most importantly, tell Lamar Smith, who has already stated publicly that he will not review the bill, who is the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee to review it and vote on it. The DEA refuses to reclassify marijuana, on the basis it has no "proof" of it's positive effects on the body but yet 16 states disagree with them. The DEA only has 14 scientists able to study the effects of Marijuana on humans but only on the "negative" effects of the drug.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marijobama

      Great post Wendy. We all need to write at least one letter or email to our representatives for every post we make after articles like this. Our representatives are not hearing from us in great enough numbers or there would be more support for bills like 2306. If your representative gives you a strong negative reply to requests related to ending prohibition, then it is time for you to vote them out of office. That's how we'll get it done!

      July 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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