Raid yields more than 3,200 illegal marijuana plants in Siskiyou CountyPosted by On

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In partnership with the North State Major Investigation Team the SCSO also found starter clones, processed cannabis product, and two handguns, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

 The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office with the help of allied agencies on Wednesday confiscated more than 3,200 illegal marijuana plants during three raids in the Big Spring and Mt. Shasta Vista areas.

In partnership with the North State Major Investigation Team the SCSO also found starter clones, processed cannabis product, and two handguns, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Two greenhouses were targeted on Jade Avenue in Big Springs, where 739 illegal marijuana plants were seized, along with 240 pounds of processed cannabis product and two handguns, the SCSO reported.

On Starling Road in the Mt. Shasta Vista area, 555 illegal marijuana plants were seized at one location along with 90 pounds of processed cannabis product inside greenhouses. At a second location on Starling, “a large number” of illicit plants were found, many of which were mature.

Processing of illegal cannabis products were evidenced on site by the seizure of 108 pounds of processed marijuana, SCSO said. That site yielded 1,909 illegal marijuana plants and starter clones.

All sites were abandoned at the time of the search warrant operations.

“During the past three weeks, SCSO’s SIMIT and NSMIT have eradicated 8,329 illegal marijuana plants and starter clones in the Big Springs and Mt. Shasta Vista areas of the county,” according to the release. “The 3,203 illegal marijuana plants, based on an average 3-pound yield, could ultimately be worth approximately $9.6 million wholesale and approximately $28.8 million retail on the East Coast illicit drug market. The processed marijuana (438 pounds) could net approximately $438,000 wholesale and approximately $1,314,000.00 on the retail, East Coast illicit drug market.”

Outdoor marijuana cultivation is not permitted in Siskiyou County and growers are limited to 12 plants inside an approved structure, for medical marijuana. Recreational marijuana possession on private property, pursuant to Prop 64, is limited to six marijuana plants, per parcel, which may be grown in a residence or other approved, enclosed structure.

“The proliferation of illicit marijuana cultivation sites has endangered people, harmed the environment, and promoted a major interstate drug trafficking industry originating from within the county,” according to the SCSO. “Dangers associated with the proliferation of marijuana have proven to be particularly harmful to children and the environment.”

“The illegal marijuana seizures on May 20 indicate we are encountering larger grows sites compared to last year,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, pointing to organized crime groups as suspects. “Siskiyou County is in a fight for its survival as we combat this major drug trafficking threat to our public…

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