2014-04-24 / Front Page

Cartel hard at work: 28K plants eradicated

By Greg Knight | Associate Editor

Deputies from the Mariposa County County Sheriff's Office and an officer from county probation eradicated more than 28,000 marijuana plants being grown in three wilderness complexes on Friday, April 25. (Mariposa County Sheriff's Office | Contributed)Deputies from the Mariposa County County Sheriff's Office and an officer from county probation eradicated more than 28,000 marijuana plants being grown in three wilderness complexes on Friday, April 25. (Mariposa County Sheriff's Office | Contributed)Monday, April 28, 2014 - 12 p.m. - The discovery of three separate wilderness marijuana cultivation complexes last week netted more than 28,000 plants from both public land and rural private property in northern Mariposa County.

According to a report, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a county probation officer eradicated 5,003 Mexican cartel-related plants from a parcel of private property near Penon Blanco Mountain in Coulterville on Friday, April 25.

Later that day, a second grow operation, which spanned a large area of Bureau of Land Management property in the Horseshoe Bend area of Lake McClure, was spotted by deputies during an overflight of the property. Nearly 12,000 plants were ultimately discovered.

A third grow operation in the Crown Lead Road area of Coulterville revealed 11,216 plants, all of which were eradicated by deputies. 

Read the May 1, 2014 edition of the GAZETTE for complete coverage.

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