An operation to eradicate illegal marijuana cultivation in Stanislaus County has resulted in multiple arrests, thousands of plants seized and several firearms confiscated, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.
The operation was a week-long joint marijuana eradication operation that ran from October 26 to November 5 and was led by the Sheriff’s Department’s Community Resources Unit, which is made up of a supervising sergeant and seven sheriff’s assistants.
The operation targeted 29 confirmed illicit crops of indoor and outdoor marijuana across the county.
“Our efforts were the culmination of a months-long investigation of those who choose to disregard state, federal and local laws regarding the cultivation of cannabis to marijuana,” said the sheriff’s spokesperson. , Sgt. Luc Schwartz. “Our agency has joined forces with several other agencies to ensure the smooth running of the operation. All locations have been subject to search warrants approved by our local judges.
The CRU was assisted by teams from Northern California from the Bureau of Cannabis Control, in particular the Cannabis Control Unit, as well as Stanislaus County Public Works, Stanislaus Animal Services, Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts, Riverbank, Patterson and Stanislaus Co Code Enforcement, Riverbank & Patterson Public Works, Pacific, Gas & Electric, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Special Investigations, Air Support and SWAT, Fusion Center Crime Analyst / Statistical tracking team, and Waterford, Patterson, Hughson and Riverbank Police Services.
“We could not have completed this large-scale, complex and well-choreographed operation without the help of the agencies that participated in it,” said Schwartz.
The final statistical data for the operation included the following: 13,014 eradicated marijuana plants, of which 7,233 were fully budded marijuana plants; 3,233 plants were fully transported; 10 full-scale demolitions were completed by County Public Works; 1,493 plants were young clones; 2,656 pounds of fully processed marijuana plants were recovered; seven firearms were seized; $ 8,309 in cash was taken away, 16 people were physically arrested, booked or issued citations for various new violations of the law; 18 locations saw their electricity cut off by their respective local utility companies; and 17 referrals for the application of the code were made.
The estimated total market value of the eradicated marijuana was almost $ 20.4 million.
“Our office would like to remind the public of the dangers of cultivating or cultivating marijuana illegally,” said Shwartz. “Often, crops are the target of violent and armed armed robberies, shootings, aggravated assaults, kidnappings and / or burglaries.
“Other dangers include the environmental fallout from toxic pesticides saturating the soil, gaseous vapors seeping into nearby structures, and fungal molds growing relentlessly in heat or high humidity,” Schwartz said. “Utilities are often stolen from other customers. Additionally, people are trafficked outside of the United States as a cheaper option to provide the human capital needed to deal with illegal cultivation. ”
The state and county have specific guidelines, tracking mechanisms, means of revenue collection, and laws that must be followed in order for a legitimate or regulated business to engage in the legalized marijuana business.
“Each of those 29 targeted locations chose to ignore these mandates,” Schwartz said.