In the Golden State, some local and state regulatory agencies are conducting California cannabis raids to eradicate illegal operations before additional legal operations are brought into the fold.
On Aug. 3, 2017, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office revealed that it had conducted its largest raid operation in the history of Calaveras County. According to updated numbers, the CCSO eradicated 28,650 cannabis plants, 31 tons of unprocessed cannabis and 1,898 pounds of processed cannabis over the course of a four-day series of raids at illegal cultivation sites.
The raids also resulted in the confiscation of 13 firearms, 1 piece of body armor and more than $57,000 in cash, with one illegal grow site accounting for more than $50,000 of the seized cash.
Thirty-five people have been arrested as a result of these particular California cannabis raids.
“I want to tell all of the illegal growers that decide to come to Calaveras County: Don’t come, you’re not welcome and we will come for you,” said Sheriff Rick DiBasilio during a press press conference, as reported by the Associated Press.
Dubbed Operation Terminus, the CCSO conducted the raids with the cooperation of the California National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, California State Water Board, Central Valley Regional Water Board, Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office, Cal Fire and California Highway Patrol.
Beyond the cannabis confiscated and the arrests made, criminal/environmental violations were also issued. There were 24 Water Rights Violations, 29 Water Quality Violations and 5 Cal Fire land Conversion Cases, as well as 97 violations issued by the CDFW.
According to the Calaveras Enterprise, these California cannabis raids were focused in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, targeting the areas of West Point, Rail Road Flat and Mountain Ranch.
“This is something that we’ve just started and we will continue to work with these agencies … to combat the problem we’re having to deal with illegal growers,” DiBasilio explained during the press conference.
You can watch the CCSO’s complete press conference below.