Operation Full Court Press releases stats


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Jun 21, 2007
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Statistics from Operation Full Court Press, a marijuana raid that took place in six counties in the Mendocino National Forest from mid July to the first week of August, continue to be reported.

As of Monday, the total operational statistics following the end of the second phase were reported in a release by the Glenn County Sheriff's Office as follows:

There have been 632,058 marijuana plants eradicated at 86 sites, among which 392 indoor plants have been counted.

The operation has resulted in 150 arrests and 10 warrants served in the first phase. The second phase saw 132 arrested. Of those arrested, 118 persons were booked on various federal and state charges to include marijuana, firearm, and immigration violations.

In addition, there were 14 foreign nationals detained on administrative immigration violations. They will be processed for removal from the United States.

During the operation there were 1,986 pounds of processed marijuana found. Other drugs found include one gram of methamphetamine, 22 Xanax pills and two grams of hashish.

There have been 38 weapons seized along with $28,031 in cash and about 20 vehicles impounded.

There have been 32 sites reclaimed with more than 51,404 pounds of trash including 64 propane tanks, 210 cargo nets for a total of 18 trash dumps. About 40 miles of irrigation line were taken out.

Also collected were 5,459 pounds of fertilizer, 149 pounds of pesticides and 95.5 pounds of rodenticides. There were 14 man-made dams located and 39 man-made reservoirs.

The three-week multi-agency marijuana raid took place in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama and Trinity counties and targeted large scale, illegal marijuana grows in and around the Mendocino National Forest.

The operation had more than 300 personnel from 25 local, state and federal agencies.

The Department of the Interior managed close to a third of the public lands on which the illegal grow sites that were a part of this operation were found.

A dozen Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service officers were involved daily.

"Growers don't recognize boundaries," said Laurel Pistel, Special Agent in Charge for the BLM in California, in a press release. "I've spent 18 years with the BLM in Northern California, and I've seen the marijuana industry evolve from small, personal use gardens to large-scale complexes with armed guards on public lands.

We were proud to be a partner in this large-scale effort. It's a win for the environment and the public."

It is believed many of these grow sites are controlled by drug trafficking organizations, the release said.

As a result, law enforcement from a variety of agencies dedicated resources to the investigation, eradication, and reclamation to control the illegal activity.

Reclamation efforts will continue as law enforcement strives to remove materials, which will help restore the land to its natural state and will eliminate the infrastructure.

The reclamation efforts are necessary to deter drug trafficking organizations from re-establishing their operations, the release said.


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