GLEN ELLEN – When California State Park staff members discovered a large marijuana grow inside Jack London State Park, they notified State Park rangers and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Marijuana Enforcement Team. After confirming and surveilling the grow site, CDFW wardens raided it on June 14, 2017.
Nine wardens and two K-9s entered the area and arrested a man they found watering the grow. They removed 7,566 marijuana plants, and with the assistance of a helicopter and its crew, they hauled out 800 pounds of trash, pesticides, fertilizers and other grow materials. They also seized one weapon and suspect a second man was assisting with the grow. He was not located.
“This was a successful mission that ended up with the suspect safely being taken into custody and no one getting hurt,” CDFW Lt. John Nores told the Kenwood Press. (http://www.kenwoodpress.com/pub/a/9515?full=1) “When agencies work together like this a lot of good work can be done to help protect California’s environment and the public’s safety.”
Lt. Nores is a member of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) and it’s affiliate, the Resource Protection Peace Officers Association (RPPOA).
“California State Parks have many, many visitors each year,” said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. “Illegal grow operations not only threaten the land and natural resources, those who operate them are often armed and pose a threat to park visitors. I thank State Parks rangers and CDFW wardens for working to keep us safe from harm as we enjoy the beauty and recreation that this state has to offer.”