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  • Cartels Turn U.S. Forests Into Marijuana Plantations, Creating Toxic Mess

    07/31/2009 1:02:43 PM PDT · by AuntB · 62 replies · 4,159+ views
    Green Wire ^ | July 30, 2009 | PHIL TAYLOR of Greenwire
    Empty turtle shells, decaying skunk carcasses and a set of deer antlers lay strewn about an empty campsite in California's Sierra National Forest. The butchered animals, as well as several five-pound propane canisters, camp stoves and heaps of trash, were all that remained of the 69 marijuana plantations recently uncovered in Fresno County as part of operation "Save our Sierras." The massive operation that began in February has already seized about 318,000 marijuana plants worth an estimated $1.1 billion, officials announced last week. In addition to 82 arrests, the multi-jurisdictional federal, state and local operation netted 42 pounds of processed...
  • Agents seize $1.2 billion worth of pot in Calif.

    07/23/2009 5:43:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,295+ views
    AP on ^ | 7/23/09 | Garance Burke - ap
    Fresno, Calif. (AP) -- Federal and state agents have arrested 83 people for growing more than $1.2 billion worth of marijuana in an ongoing crackdown on illegal pot gardens in California's Sierra Nevada range. Local officials said several Mexican marijuana-growing cartels helped set up the grow sites scattered throughout rocky mountainsides of eastern Fresno County, and warned more arrests were likely as the sweep continues. More than 318,000 marijuana plants were destroyed in the operation, which also netted nearly $41,000 in cash, 25 weapons and two vehicles, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said Thursday.