Pot farm with 36K plants raided in Tulare County


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Jun 21, 2007
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Authorities say they have destroyed nearly 36,000 marijuana plants found growing on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land near Sequoia National Park.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department said several suspects fled when detectives raided the pot farm Wednesday morning and at least one exchanged gunfire with deputies. One man, Gregorio Montero of Livingston, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation.

The Visalia Times-Delta reports that officials found guns and about 400 pounds of partially processed marijuana on the land. The sheriff's department estimates all the seized drugs would have been worth more than $143 million on the street.

A Tulare County grand jury this week issued a report saying the county has over 100 illegal known marijuana gardens at any given time, but lacks law enforcement resources to deal with them all.


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