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Marijuana Cultivation Sites Eradicated

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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Rangers and the resident special agent at Whiskeytown have been investigating marijuana cultivation activity in and adjacent to the park for many months. Investigative information led to the identification of the growing sites which were raided by rangers, the NPS agent, and officers from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department and the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), with assistance from the California National Guard. The Grover 1 site was raided on August 10th, with officers eradicating 104 plants.  The Tahiti and Monarch sites were raided on August 23rd, with officers seizing 5,716 plants, 42 pounds of processed marijuana, and a loaded 9mm pistol.  Five suspects were seen but could not be caught when they ran from the area.  On August 24th, officers seized 3,000 plants at the Mad Ox site, while others on a simultaneous raid of the Iron Mountain site confiscated 6,759 plants. Two suspects ran from the site but could not be caught by the officers. The total estimated value of the marijuana seized from all sites came to $46,863,000. At all sites there was evidence that the cultivation activity was being undertaken by a criminal drug trafficking organization from Mexico.  Rangers and the NPS agent have also been assisting with drug raids on USFS property within Shasta County, which is one of the top producing counties in the nation.  Additional marijuana cultivation activity is under investigation at Whiskeytown.



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