Mexican nationals tied to pot grow on Cuesta Grade

August 27, 2016

Pot pesticides

They divert water from our creeks, they are often armed and they apply toxic chemicals to their marijuana crops endangering the environment and the public. Illegal marijuana growers utilizing dangerous chemicals and violating environmental regulations have planted crops throughout San Luis Obispo County.

On Thursday, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies seized 5,880 marijuana plants they discovered on private property east of the Cuesta Grade near a tributary to the San Luis Obispo Creek. At the site, deputies discovered evidence the growers are Mexican nationals.

Along with trash and other environmental hazards, investigators discovered Carbofuran, an illegal pesticide that they suspect had been applied to the marijuana plants. If ingested by birds and other wildlife, Carbofuran is often deadly. A quarter teaspoon can be fatal to humans.

In 2006, Carbofuran was banned for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because of human health risks and eco-toxicity.

Pot grow Cuesta GradeTo determine if nearby water sources were contaminated, investigators took water samples. Results are expected in approximately 10 days.

In addition, Carbofuran is systemic, which means the pesticide is absorbed by the plant and ultimately ends up in the marijuana products.

Pot growers reportedly poured into the sparsely populated California Valley after a marijuana magazine stated SLO County does not have any regulations and is tolerant of large cannabis grows. Marijuana growers from the Central Valley likened the opportunity to the Gold Rush.

While many San Luis Obispo County residents support marijuana legalization, concerns over violations of health and building codes have some residence seeking stronger oversight.

At a July San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors hearing, Sheriff Ian Parkinson endorsed the proposal of an urgency marijuana ordinance. Parkinson said marijuana growers are causing problems in the California Valley.

The board then directed staff to draft an urgency ordinance that would put a halt to new marijuana cultivation of more than seven plants. Nevertheless, there is a strong possibility the regulation will not pass.

Four votes are needed to adopt the marijuana moratorium, and supervisors Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill have expressed opposition to the proposal. Gibson, and particularly Hill, favor the idea of attracting marijuana businesses to SLO County.



  1. sweethome says:

    Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (D.O.J. State of California) used to set up grow sites just so they have “job security”. The most recent “find” of Marijuana growing sites are very typical of C.A.M.P. (government) just to justify their own existence. Well organized, “evidence” of Mexican involved activities, and yet no one is every found! Is “big brother”/government still setting up our citizens again? And no; I am not a government conspiracy nut. I am FOR LEGALIZING Marijuana personal use. I think the State of California and DOJ is against legalization because some government workers would lose their jobs or (GOD FORBID!) get real jobs and/or fight real crime and real criminals!

    (-7) 17 Total Votes - 5 up - 12 down
  2. Kaiser Bill says:


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  3. Citizen says:

    The Sobrannes Fire in Monterey County was started by an “illegal campfire”. As the firefighters worked through the area, they were turned away by “guards” from illegal pot grows. The Monterey County Sheriff’s Department had to go in and clear out the pot grows so that the firefighters could fight the fire. Yet, they did not arrest even one person, not even the guys pretending to be “long distance hikers” who walked out on their own.

    These Mexican nationals tending illegal pot grows know nothing about safe camp fires or environmental concerns; yet, they have infested public and private land. It’s a miracle that the whole state isn’t burning down and all of our remaining water ways aren’t contaminated with fertilizers and pesticides.

    This is a growing problem (no pun intended).

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  4. Scott says:

    What is interesting that so many of these recent stumbled upon dope farms, have been reported to the SLO SO for years, over 9 major trafficking operations have been reported to the SLOSO one major one was 1-1-15 near Cuesta the two Deputies arrived so late the suspects were long gone, but not before the State BNE got the information and acted upon it.

    As well as the PMI at Camp Luis acted on it as well, so who is protecting who or what $

    Cartels are operating locally for years without being caught ?
    Knights Templar, Sinaloa, Michoacan, La Familiar, La Eme, Los Zetas and several others are and have been operating locally for over 6 years without getting caught, money laundering, Meth and Heroin on the rise locally, the Marijuana cut with (PCP) all locally sold, with grave consequences.

    As one who was asked to join the now defunct “SUMMER JOHNSON” Scandal who i turned into to both the Grand Jury, County Counsel of which neither did anything, the name was removed from Facebook but reappeared using several other fake names.

    What is most alarming is they never seem to catch the criminals ? ever wonder why ? who is tipping them off ? in time to leave.

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    • antishillnetwork says:

      How interesting !
      I recall the Summer Johnson ordeal ….
      Your knowledge of the many cartels operating is impressive!
      I had no idea there was that much local activity. Surely enough to keep law enforcement occupied with law enforcement; and not over zealous baby sitting..

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  5. miles archer says:

    Another reason to end the prohibition of cannabis in America.

    Americans do not support illegal marijuana OR the criminal element associated with it.

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  6. topper01 says:

    @non_sequitur Wait until November when it will be 100% legal.

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    • antishillnetwork says:

      lol; I respect your enthusiasm; but the ” legalization” bill is so bad; it will actually make the black market more prevalent than it already is.

      You see; legalization will only work if is is REAL legalization; with a real free market. Not an over regulated government mess.
      I will be voting NO.

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  7. SLO_Children_at_play says:

    “At the site, deputies discovered evidence the growers are Mexican nationals.”

    What did they find? EBT cards, WIC vouchers, and vote for Hillary 2016 bumper stickers?

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    • ironyman2000 says:

      nah, they were Trumpians.

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    • kayaknut says:

      Nope the deputies probably found their CA driver licenses, courtesy of Governor Brown.

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    • SloTownMan says:

      In addition to EBT & etc. the tip off was how to vote for Hillary numerous times!

      (5) 29 Total Votes - 17 up - 12 down
      • kettle says:

        “Sure, you might expect some to turn a blind eye to his ruthless bashing of Mexicans and Muslims. But what about when he denigrates the service of veterans and attacks Gold Star families? What about when he calls the military “a disaster”? What about when he addresses a congregation decked out in red, white, and blue bald eagle shirts and effectively bashes America? Doesn’t all this violate decades of core conservative principles? Shouldn’t these red-blooded Americans be outraged?

        If Trump says it, his supporters will defend it. Always.”

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        • AmericaBeautiful says:

          After seeing firsthand how our tax money is thrown at Illegal Criminal Aliens and their Anchor babies for years, I can’t wait till Trump wins and puts a stop to this absolute corruption.
          American taxes are for our Legal Citizens: our Disabled, our Veterans, our Seniors, etc., and not for people who disrespect our country and our laws….and are the responsibility of their home countries.

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