While a ballot initiative to make marijuana legal in California is scheduled on the November ballot, law enforcement is pressing on in uprooting pot plants. Two warehouse pot-growing operations were dismantled Tuesday and Wednesday by police in San Gabriel, and authorities today announced the seizure of more than 11,000 marijuana plants from a pot farm in the Angeles National Forest. Here’s an account from the Associated Press:
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — More than 11,000 marijuana plants have been uprooted in a sophisticated pot farm in a remote area of the Angeles National Forest.
Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators participated in Thursday’s eradication and clean up operation. The 11,249 marijuana plants had an estimated street value of more than $22 million.
Sheriff’s Capt. Ralph Ornelas notes forest marijuana grows destroy and poison public lands.
Some 1,560 pounds of trash, including fertilizers, pesticides, food, propane tanks, camping equipment and irrigation lines were also removed in the Knapp Ranch grow area northeast of Santa Clarita.