SISKIYOU COUNTY, Cali --- The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office and Siskiyou Interagency Marijuana Investigation Team conducted a series of counter-drug raids on Thursday.
These raids happened in the Big Springs and Mt. Shasta Vista area. The teams collected 5,191 illegal marijuana plants, starter clones, process cannabis product and four firearms. An arrest was also made during one of the raids. The Sheriff's Office is estimating the 5,191 illegal marijuana plants are worth about $46.7 million on the East Coast illicit drug market.
According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “The illegal marijuana seizures on May 28 once again indicate we are encountering larger grows sites compared to last year. These trends are alarming because the trend is moving from outdoor grow sites to greenhouses, which means illegal marijuana can be grown, harvested, and illegal transported and sold over state lines several times a year from the same producer ... The seizure of firearms from drug trafficking suspects and organizations is also a matter of concern. I would like to take this opportunity to thank SIMIT team members, NSMIT team members, California Department of Justice (Bureau of Investigations), SCSO patrol personnel, California Highway Patrol, CAL FIRE law enforcement, Siskiyou County Planning Department, which provided a code enforcement officer for this operation, SCSO’s Property/Evidence team, and the California Army National Guard’s Counter-Drug Unit for assisting SCSO, SIMIT, and NSMIT with this productive counter-drug operation.”
The Sheriff's Office also share the numbers from 2019's drug raids. SIMIT and NSMIT seized more than 60,000 illegal marijuana plants. Anyone with information about illegal marijuana cultivation operations in their county neighborhoods or the cases subject to these recent counter-drug operations is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.