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. conradshull

    Saddest news of the day.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • RANDOM

      They were shooting at hikers. This is not about a plant. Point a gun a hiker and you go to jail.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yeahhh

    mmm pot, so good

    July 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RB

    what a freakin waste of time and money... legalize and put an end to this pointless game

    July 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      execute anyone who grows or uses illegal substances

      July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dcn

      It would have been a waste of time and money if the people growing it had not been SHOOTING at hikers and ranchers in the area. I guess you consider it ok to SHOOT at people?

      July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      jim: come and get us, big mouth

      July 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SwellFellow

    The Government would be doing themselves a enormous favor if the just legalize and TAX it instead of flushing that & our tax dollars incarcerating all these people down the toilet.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    The war on drugs... FAIL! Stop controlling the people you jerks.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard T.

    TAKE THE CRIME OUT OF MARIJUNNA AND THE GUNS, GANGS WILL GO AWAY. As Peter Tosh sang "legalize it!"

    July 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Louis

    Just think of the CASH the state could have if this were legal and taxed.. what a waste...

    July 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scott Glenn

    Major waste of resources – everyone who lives in California knows that pot is readily available and a lot of users and non-users alike recognize that the societal effects are far less negative than alcohol. Legalize it, tax it, and stop prosecuting it = cut spending and increase revenue.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. james

    How about the million other plants growing...wnt to save the US money ? end th drug war on pot .

    July 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rumblerod

    It seems to me that if it is mexican nationals doing the growing then the Feds have done a good job. we don't need pot farms in our National Forests, and we certainly don't need people being shot at for hiking in a National Forest. It's fine to grow Marijuana but do it the right way .

    July 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jamie

    such a waste of time and money...this crap needs to stop...legalize and stop making criminals out of people over it

    July 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      Yes...and let people out of jail who are in for petty pot charges. See there are many ways to save money we waste every second of every day.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      crime does not pay. deal drugs get shot

      July 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      jim; obviously crime does pay, because people do it a lot. as far as your macho fantasies, shoot at a drug dealer, get lots of return fire.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Obamaforyourmama

    what a drag.. worst thing i've heard all week

    July 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mateo

    This has to be Mexican cartel, they are the only ones dumb enough to pull guns out on hikers

    July 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Think!

    Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!
    – Bob Marley

    July 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Guest

    Can we end the drug war already? What a waste of resources.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
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