- Aug 4, 2000
The operation is the largest marijuana eradication of illegal cultivations in the history of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, officials said.
Authorities in Southern California have seized more than 16 tons of marijuana worth an estimated $1.19 billion, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said Wednesday. The 10-day sting is the largest eradication of illegal marijuana cultivations in the history of the department.
The operation, which began on June 8, resulted in 22 felony arrests, 109 misdemeanor arrests, and 19 arrests from water theft enforcement teams, officials said. More than 200 locations were served with search warrants. Nearly 375,000 marijuana plants and 33,480 pounds of harvested marijuana were seized, along with 65 vehicles, 180 animals and $28,000.
Everyone knows I am opposed weed. So when I read stories of pot being confiscated and hopefully later destroyed after those arrested are sent to prison for lengthy sentences its a good read.
Its too bad however that this is probably its just the tip of the iceberg. These illegal grows have been a problem for a very long time. And now that the state seeks to profit from its sale they have more motivation now than ever to eradicate more large scale operations.