Marijuana plant seizures skyrocket
November 20, 2009
State officials report a staggering rise in the number of marijuana plants seized during this year’s growing season in California. Law enforcement agencies seized 4.4 million plants during the 2009 growing season which is a huge increase over the 2.9 million discovered last year. [New York Times]
Even so, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff spokesperson Rob Bryn said that county law enforcement officials’ eradication numbers have plummeted more than 50 percent from last year’s numbers. Law enforcement officials seized 18,000 plants in 2009 which is a drop from the 40,000 plants seized in 2008.
“We have had a fairly significant impact based on aggressive program and drought conditions,” Bryn said.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department had a record year with 238,335 plants seized, a one year increase of 25 percent.