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Drug operation in California results in $1,9 billion worth pot seizure

20:26, 09 July 2021
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Authorities in Southern California have seized more than 16 tons of illegally grown marijuana worth approximately $1,19 billion during the 10-day operation, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials.

It is the largest illegal marijuana bust in Los Angeles County history, so around 375,000 marijuana plants and 33,480 pounds of harvested weed were seized, more than 100 people were arrested.

The considerable number of marijuana plants, controlled by armed cartel members, is, reportedly, detrimental to the state’s legal marijuana market.

Officials are confident international cartels are behind the illegal large-scale marijuana cultivation.

"We are not talking about mom and pop people selling marijuana that they grew in their backyard. This is the cartels. We are very very close to driving down the freeway and seeing bodies hanging from the overpasses. That is what's coming", Lancaster, California, Mayor Rex Parris said.

Armed cartel members threaten residents and steal lots of gallons of water amid strong drought. The growing process also harms nature and wildlife by spreading harmful pesticides and wastes.