“The illegal cultivation of marijuana in our state is a problem for a variety of reasons including damage to our environment, economy, public safety and a product that often times does not meet state standards. By working together, law enforcement agencies are serving search warrants and dismantling these illegal grows.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona
STANISLAUS COUNTY – On November 6, 2021, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office announced the results of a major weeks-long joint marijuana eradication operation which took place October 26th through November 5th, 2021. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the operation targeted 29 confirmed outdoor and indoor illicit marijuana grows throughout the county.
Assisting the Sheriff’s Officer were teams from:
- Bureau of Cannabis Control, Cannabis Enforcement Unit,
- California Department of Fish & Wildlife,
- Stanislaus County Public Works,
- Stanislaus Animal Services,
- Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts,
- Riverbank, Patterson and Stanislaus County Code Enforcement,
- Riverbank and Patterson Public Works,
- Fusion Center Crime Analyst/Statistical tracking team,
- and Waterford, Patterson, Hughson and Riverbank Police Services.
The final statistical data of the operation included the following:
- 13,014 eradicated marijuana plants,
- 10 full grow demolitions were completed by county Public Works,
- 2,656 pounds of fully processed marijuana plants were recovered,
- seven firearms were seized,
- $8,309 in cash was seized,
- 16 people were either arrested, booked or issued citations for various violations,
- 18 places had their power shut-off by their respective utility companies,
- 17 code enforcement referrals were made.
- The total estimated street value of the eradicated marijuana was nearly $ 20.4 million.
The Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release that it could not have successfully completed this large-scale operation without the help of the agencies who participated and reminded the public of the dangers which exist from the illegal growing or cultivating of marijuana.