Agents seize $1.7 billion of pot in Central California
July 29, 2010
Law enforcement agents arrested nearly 100 people this week in a sweep of marijuana-growing operations worth more than $1.7 billion in the Sierra Nevada range. [AP]
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said several Mexican drug cartels were involved in the operations. Most of the 97 people arrested are Mexican nationals.
Gil Kerlikowske, who directs the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, said agents have destroyed more than 432,000 marijuana plants during the three-week operation, which is scheduled to end Friday.
The marijuana sweep, which involved 450 agents, covered the remote stretches of Fresno, Madera and Tulare counties.