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. bachmanntwit

    "123 degrees in Minnesota. Michele Bachmann's husband went in the closet just for the shade."

    – Bill Maher –

    July 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NoGr8rH8r

    GLAD TO SEE THEY'RE DOING THEIR JOBS. BUST THE ILLEGAL GROWERS.
    SUPPORT LEGAL WEED.

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

      exactly..I know a lot of people won't read it carefully. They busted probably a Mexican drug cartel...not one that is authorized by the state. These are dangerous...they'll grow more than just weed there..when they are shooting at people it's not good.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JJ

    Here we go again! I love how there's no disclosure on the amount of money used for the personnel, helicopter fuel, vehicles and all that goes into this effort. SO instead of making money of the taxing and regulation of pot, we're throwing it all away on the futility of destroying naturally growing plants that will do NOTHING to decrease demand. Ahhh the United States of Hypocrisy!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah its pretty sorry, when our education system is collapsing

      YET we're blowing money on burning down forrests. Wow.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      move somewhere where it is legal if you have a problem with it.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      We're burning Forrest Gump?

      July 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigMike

      It's money spent enforcing the law. If you want legal pot, get a study commissioned to prove to the FDA that marijuana has medical benefits and they'll take it off of Schedule 1. But it's not a good argument that we should fail to enforce the law just because it's unpopular.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nowsgood

    We spend billions every year to enforce existing marijuana laws. What a huge waste of money.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Biggins

    RIP all 292,000+ plants, maybe one day you will be able to live a long, full life and not be persecuted and oppressed by people who are not smart enough to understand how useful and beneficial you really are....BTW I heard there's gonna be a killer party in Covelo all month long....

    July 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JOE

    What a travesty. The FEDS should be tried for destroying all that feel good begonias. What if we were to legalize pot and get rid of assaults weapons? Wouldn't our society be a more peaceful and groovy place to live and raise your kids? I'm writing my congressman!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dave

    prohibition creates crime

    July 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. frmrma

    So, I want to quit my job become a vegetable farmer. I suppose none of you would have a problem if I decided to go to the nearest national forest and I started to make my living there, on publicly owned and funded lands.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • PulTab

      That has to be one of the most lame arguments I have heard in a long time.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • frmrma

      Not at all. These people are using public land in a national forest. You have no problem with that? Or are you so in love with the effects of smoking a plant that you don't care?

      July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. brandon

    you wonder why we can't get past this and legalize it already...and then you turn on the nightly news and see why. DC politicians have their heads so far up their asses, no way this ever gets legalized until the system is fixed. too bad common sense doesn't rule so we can put an end to this new age prohibition.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PulTab

    That should do it. I'm sure no one will be able to find pot to buy now. Good job law enforcement!

    July 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tom1122

    Legalize it, tax it, control it.

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

    I can see you all are pot smokers. "Weed" is not a native plant and destroy's the other plants living in the forest. Why do you think it's called "weed"? Because it is a weed and takes over. ^^^^ Why do you idiot potheads always think about the societal aspects that weed causes and not think about the environment? We are destroying our environment today with all these non-native plants and species. I suggest you guys ^^^^^^ go to school and learn something so that you're not so ignorant in the future.

    Thank You- Bill

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

      marijuana is native to every continent except Antarctica gt your facts straight

      July 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uriah

      It distorts judgement enough said.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      Bill, your ignorance on marijuana is showing.

      Try finding some "real" facts about this herb.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      The difference being that no one is going to go into the woods to harvest other invasive species for free.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      lol what doesn't distort judgment?

      July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • PulTab

      It appears that you are the idiot Bill. Maybe you should get your facts straight.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paolo

      idiot

      July 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • GotOut

      The current laws are destroying the lives of millions of US citizens. I care more about them than I do about the forest. Change the law. Stop spending my tax dollars.

      July 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • wm

      Dear Bill, sorry but i failed to see any distressed plants nearby the cannabis. Wasn't looking through your glasses or mentality. Cotton didn't seem to be a native plant either and look at all the damage it causes. We lose way too many tons of topsoil every year because of farming it, not to mention the toxins it takes to keep it alive. If we switched to hemp we could heal a lot of land already spent due to cotton farming. But until cannabis is legal this will not happen because we've lost our common sense when it comes to this subject.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ZanderTheGr8

    If you listen really hard, you can still hear Snoop Dogg yelling "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"

    July 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      More Like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEE.

      July 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brett

    JJ – If they were in California busting legal marijuana dispensaries or licensed growers then I would totally agree with you. However, in this case it appears that they are busting illegal growing operations, likely set up in a public forest reserve by people who are in this country illegaly anways, and stopping a potentially dangerous situation if a hiker happened to come across these plants and end up dead.

    July 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. us1776

    We need to end the stupid drug prohibition so that America can produce its own marijuana crops and keep the money in America and out of the hands of the violent drug lord criminals.

    .

    July 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
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