Six sites yield $96 million in pot in Tulare County forest bust

The Fresno BeeJuly 11, 2014 

More than $96 million worth of marijuana was seized in Tulare County forests this week during a coordinated operation by multiple law-enforcement agencies, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office reported.

During the five-day operation, more than 46,000 marijuana plants were eradicated. About 7,500 pounds of trash and environmental waste was also removed from the forest.

The marijuana was planted at six different hidden marijuana cultivation sites. The sites were located during flights over the Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest, Bureau of Land Management land and the Tule River Reservation.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office, Department of Justice CAMP team, U.S. Forest Service, the National Guard and the Department of Fish and Wildlife all helped in the operation.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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