2010 could be record year for state marijuana busts
August 30, 2010
Law enforcement officials believe that 2010 could be a record year for marijuana busts, topping the seven million pot plants destroyed last year. [California Watch]
With the major fall pot harvest fast approaching, law enforcement agencies across the state are reporting busts of unprecedented size, especially at large-scale grow sites in remote locations.
Earlier this month a senior federal drug official speculated that 2010 seizures could top eight million plants if agents continue to uncover massive outdoor operations through the end of the growing season.
Recent actions include:
Shasta County, where 300,000 pot plants were destroyed in early July.
Madera, Fresno, and Tulare Counties, where a joint operation resulted in 465,000 marijuana plants being destroyed.
Mendocino County, where pot seizures this year alone could surpass the one-million mark, double what was taken last year.
In 2009, DEA officials seized ten times the amount of marijuana they did in 2000.