US: 578 000+ cannabis plants uprooted

2012-08-22 10:03

Los Angeles - More than 578 000 cannabis plants, worth over $1bn, have been uprooted from forests and national parks in a major operation in the western United States, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

The two-month enforcement operation, which began on 1 July in seven states - California, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington - was led by the nation's anti-drug and forest authorities.

"Federal, state and local law enforcement in the seven states have eradicated more than 578 000 marijuana plants from public lands. The DEA estimates the value of this marijuana to be well over $1bn," the Justice Department statement said.

Most of the illegal plantations were discovered in California, where "at least 484 000 marijuana plants" were seized in over 96 fields.

"Huge amounts of trash, [kilometres] of irrigation line, and many pounds of fertiliser and pesticides were removed from grow sites on public lands," the department said. Weapons were also found.

Fourteen people were arrested and charged in the Eastern District of California in connection with the illegal crops.

Still, forests and national parks continue to suffer "the effects of illegal marijuana ... long after the crop is harvested. Marijuana growers remove natural vegetation to make room for the marijuana. They cut down trees to allow sunlight into the site, and they divert streams from their natural path to irrigate the land", the statement said.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-22 10:05

    Let it burn!

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-22 10:27

    Probably just increased the margins for the existing supply quite considerably (probably foreign growers), you'll only deter growers by making it less profitable.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-22 10:39

      As it is in SA!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-22 11:19

      The risk to reward scenario in SA is a bit different , Its a hydra scenario . You cut one head off another grows back , smarter and stronger than the last one . Drug dealers want tighter controls , it makes them more money . Drug wars between cartels is a perfect example of how important control of supply is , there is no worry about demand .Govts neither have control of supply or demand and as such are losing 'the war' as they have little influence on the trade. As opposed to chemically proccessed and deisgned drugs , I think the prohabition on Mary-jane is counter productive to reducing drug related crime and has been demonstrated to be largely ineffectual. Alcohol is by any measurement is more toxic to society , we accepted that people will not stop drinking and if we accept that people will not stop smoking weed then we'll remove a large distraction in the campaign against drug abuse. Provide legal avenues and the criminal element will dissipate .

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-08-22 11:02

    There has been a massive disturbance in the force, the Jedis are really gonna feel this one!

  • - 2012-08-22 14:46


  • pages:
  • 1