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. TXJack

    Waste of Goverment money whcih we do not have .

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

      I am for the raids. While, I think pot should be legal, it currently is not. Until such time that it is legal we need to make sure our streets do not end up like Mexico.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Ben, too bad that these are the Mexican cartels growing in the United States Parks. Why would any resident of California grow in a state park when he can grow legally in his own house?

      July 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Donnie the Lion

    Yeah man! Keep up the crackdown on the pothead pixies.......I have always said no, and I'm loving life!

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

      I said yes, and I'm loving life too. Why do you want to stomp on my parade? jerk. how about I come to your house and start destroying things you enjoy.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Many people who say no to knowledge are also happy.

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

      Whats freedom mean to you? Obviously it means i should follow whatever you think is right. Because whatever YOU DO must be better then what i do.....

      July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anomic Office Drone

    What a necessary thing to do when we're on the verge of default.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DD

    An outrage if the theft of these plants are not used to offset the national debt.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hum-dinger

    The weed is the only thing that can save the debt ceiling!

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

      couldnt agree more

      July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    These potfield's have been growing in Tinity county for decades. They are famous nationwide among potheads, so there's no way that the authorities haven't known about them for decades. My younger brother used to guard fields for a living in Humbolt county in that same area...that was thirty years ago. Did the agents pretend like they had just recently found these fields thanks to a lenghty investigation of what stoner's have known about for years? See? It's all just a show. Un-plug already. (the matrix/tv)

    July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnLI

      If your read the article you will see that residents were threatened at gunpoint.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Was this federal? Didnt Obama say he would stop them from doing just this?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      These are illegally grown. Most likely grown by mexican Cartels so they dont have to bring them across the border. Why would anyone grow in a national forest in california when you can apply for a card and grow legally?

      July 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. person

    Large majority of California residents genuinely like marijuana. How is this a victory over marijuana, when marijuana is not a problem?

    July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jdog

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JohnLI

    This is where all the pot-heads come out to play. I don't know any family or friends that use it, but if you read these comments you would think every American is a pot-smoker. You tokers are in the minority whether you like it or not.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Then why do recent polls show that over 70 percent of Americans believe medical marijuana should be legalized in the US?

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

      Sadly, yes 46-49% is still a minority.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • PuffPuffPass

      I'm sure your family and friends that do smoke keep it a secret. Most people don't like a finger pointing at them. Especially when they have thier own thing(s) they should be worrying about.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haha

      You're naive, I'm sure plenty of your family and friends partake in the weed from time to time.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • AKSean

      You may be right that a majority of Americans don't partake. However, the vast majority of Americans are in favor of decriminalization of cannabis. When taking this into consideration, it seems like the destruction of a demand crop is just bad business resulting from bad legislation.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jreal211

      if so not for long, 90% of all college kids smoke marijuana

      July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      I think it's far more likely that you just don't really know your family and friends as well as you think. Maybe they feel that you're too closed-minded to handle the truth about their recreational tendencies...=)

      July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • whaaaa

      The pot-heads that are mad at this are idiots. The raids are eradicating illegal pot farms. The growers are trespassing and are destroying the land with their harmful growing process. They use all kinds of pesticide, etc. This has nothing to do with medical pot farms. If the grower grew their pot the right way, it is actually good for the land.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGBeer

      While the partakers might be the minority, the taxpayers who are having our money needlessly wasted ARE the majority.

      This is stupid, you want to fix the problem? Then take control of it and regulate it, and stop giving more jobs to the illegals who have nothing to lose by taking this risk.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Realizing that this is a losing battle does not make someone a pothead. Nor does smoking it time to time. Further I would hazard a guess that someone in your circle of family and friends has tried it or uses it. It's not something most people parade around to their friends and family. Especially when those people are unreasonable about the issue, which you clearly are.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • gaston

      35% of americans have smoked weed in the past month

      July 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. helpmejeebus

    Oh the humanity!!!!

    July 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wm.burroughs

    I agree! Legalize heroin, too!!

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

      Its already legal, oxycontin, percochet, demerol, etc etc

      July 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Legalize the poppy plant and no one would want to do heroine when they have fresh opium is needed. Same with the coca plant, people will make tea and chew it, nothing up their noses.

      July 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. timestickin

    🙁

    July 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jerry

    great! now no one in california will smoke any pot. yeah right.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rb3331

    Sigh...

    July 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
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