The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department documented the largest drug seizure in its history on Tuesday and officials expect the Mexican cartels to be to blame.
Just north of LA in Antelope Valley, Calif., Officials found, identified and destroyed 70 to 80 outhouses full of illegal marijuana plots in the middle of the desert.
The department brought in huge bulldozers to raid the scene, completely leveling the illegal crops – and there are said to be hundreds more to tackle. A tent site alone has been valued at around $ 50 million in revenue.
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Sheriff Alex Villanueva has since launched an operation with up to 500 MPs and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to track down and destroy other marijuana plantations.
Villanueva revealed to Fox News that these locations are hot spots for criminal behavior with reports of cartel members threatening residents with guns. LA’s plantations also monopolize water from local alfalfa, carrot and potato growers.
“The origins of the sheriff’s department go back to 1850, when it was the Old West,” the sheriff said. “And we brought in law and order back then. Now, in 2021, we’re going to have to do the same concept again. We’re going to re-introduce this law and order and make sure we kick these people out of business and make this community to residents.
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Five men at the scene of the raid have been taken into police custody and identified themselves as Mexican nationals who had just arrived in the United States last month.