Friday, 23 February 2024

Marijuana gardens near Blue Lakes raided Tuesday

BLUE LAKES – Local, state and federal law enforcement officials raided several illegal marijuana grows on Tuesday, seizing thousands of plants as part of the annual summer eradication effort.


Capt. Rob Howe of the Lake County Sheriff's Office said that sheriff's personnel, along with officers and agents from the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), infiltrated five large marijuana cultivation operations during the Tuesday operation.


The marijuana grows were located southwest of Blue Lakes, said Howe.


One of the five grows was on private property, Howe said, while the other four were on BLM land.


Howe said law enforcement personnel seized 15,000 marijuana plants, combined, from the five grows.


He said the grows were uninhabited at the time of the operation and no arrests were made.


So far this year, law enforcement personnel in Lake County have seized 322,063 marijuana plants and 12 firearms, and have made 14 arrests in connection to these marijuana cultivation operations, according to Howe.


Last year, approximately 499,508 marijuana plants were eradicated on public and private lands in Lake County during the July through October eradication season, as Lake County News has reported.

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