Law enforcement finds ton of weed grown by drug cartel


Just a week after Monterey County drug officers confiscated 3.5 tonnes of illegal potted plants, the same officers carried another 3 tonnes of illegal plants on Wednesday. Law enforcement officials say they discovered two unauthorized cultivation operations off Jolon Road near Fort Hunter Liggett. More than two tons were confiscated from one property and another ton was found in a grow pot hidden on the mountainside. Investigators say the pot culture was exploited by a drug cartel. “Yes, we think it was a cartel culture, by their very nature they are more dangerous for officers. Often guns are present on these crops… and law enforcement is essentially sitting targets, so it is extremely dangerous for law enforcement to respond to these crops, ”said Greg Peterson, prosecutor. from the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Illegal pot crops operated by drug cartels are nothing new to the Central Coast, in fact last year’s Dolan fire may have been sparked by one of these crops in Big Sur. . But Wednesday’s bust comes just a week after drug officers led by the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office transported 3.5 tonnes of illegal cannabis from a grow operation in Chualar canyon. speeds up, as does law enforcement. “Law enforcement is on the ground trying to find the product and trying to eradicate it, things have picked up, we think things will continue to choose you. p and enforcement operations will continue for most of the year, ”said Peterson. Law enforcement is attacking these unregulated illegal crops for several reasons: to protect consumers from marijuana which can be contaminated with pesticides; level the playing field for licensed growers who are regulated and pay large sums for permits; and to protect the environment. “When you go to one of these illegal crops and you see what has been left behind the waste, when you see the pesticides being used destroying ecosystems and the environment and you see the diverted waterways you understand. why law enforcement is so important, ”said Peterson. Prosecutors say Wednesday’s bust and last week’s bust are still very active investigations that can lead to arrests and / or heavy civil penalties.

Just a week after Monterey County drug officers confiscated 3.5 tonnes of illegal potted plants, the same officers carried another 3 tonnes of illegal plants on Wednesday.

Law enforcement officials say they discovered two unauthorized cultivation operations off Jolon Road near Fort Hunter Liggett.

More than two tons were confiscated from one property and another ton was found in a grow pot hidden on the mountainside. Investigators say the pot culture was exploited by a drug cartel.

“Yes, we think it was cartel growth, by their very nature they are more dangerous for agents. A lot of times guns are present on these crops… and law enforcement are basically targets, so it’s incredibly dangerous for law enforcement to respond to these grow up, ”said Greg Peterson, Attorney at the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

Illegal pot crops operated by drug cartels are not new to the Central Coast, in fact last year’s Dolan Fire may have been sparked by such a crop in Big Sur.

But Wednesday’s bust comes just a week after drug officers led by the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office transported 3.5 tonnes of illegal cannabis from a grow operation in the Chualar Canyon.

The harvest season is accelerating, as is law enforcement.

“Law enforcement is on the ground trying to find the product and to eradicate it, things have improved, we believe things will continue to improve and enforcement operations will continue during the most of the year, ”said Peterson.

Law enforcement is attacking these unregulated illegal crops for several reasons: to protect consumers from marijuana which can be contaminated with pesticides; level the playing field for licensed growers who are regulated and pay large sums for permits; and protect the environment.

“When you go to one of these illegal crops and you see what has been left behind the waste, when you see the pesticides being used destroying ecosystems and the environment and you see the diverted streams, you understand why the app is so important, ”Peterson said.

Prosecutors say Wednesday’s bust and last week’s bust are still very active investigations that can lead to arrests and / or heavy civil penalties.

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