2015-05-14 / Front Page

More illegal marijuana gardens eradicated

Friday, May 15, 2015 -11:18 a.m. - On Thursday May 14, 2015, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office personnel along with one Mariposa County Probation Officer and five members of the National Guard, conducted illegal marijuana grow eradications in what was believed to be two cartel drug trafficking operation gardens. A total of 10,806 plants were located.

The first illegal garden was located in the Spring Gulch area of Coulterville off Hwy. 132. A total of 6,779 live marijuana plants were located in heavy brush and manzanita.

The second illegal garden was located in the Horseshoe Bend area of Lake McClure. A total of 4,027 live marijuana plants were located just a few feet outside of the high water mark in heavy vegetation.

No suspects or living quarters were located in either location. All plants were between 4-18 inches tall.

As always the Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone who enjoys our forests and outdoor areas, if you see suspicious activity, including food and gardening supplies, irrigation hose, and digging activity in rural and wilderness areas to not approach but rather contact law enforcement.Part of the illegal marijuana gardens busted near Lake McClure yesterday. (Photo Courtesy of Mariposa County Sheriff's Office.)Part of the illegal marijuana gardens busted near Lake McClure yesterday. (Photo Courtesy of Mariposa County Sheriff's Office.)

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