HORNBROOK, Calif. — A counter-drug raid on an illegal marijuana grow operation in rural Siskiyou County on Tuesday yielded numerous plants and dozens of pounds of processed cannabis, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office (SCSO).
According to SCSO, the grow site was spread over five parcels of land near the Klamath River Country Estates area east of Hornbrook. A task force known as the Sisikiyou Interagency Marijuana Investigation Team (SIMIT) descended on the area—finding 727 illegal plants, nearly 80 pounds of processed cannabis, and packaging materials for sale and distribution.
Those plants would have been worth about $8.7 million in the illegal drug market, according to SCSO. The processed pot could have sold for another nearly $320,000.
An adult man and woman were found with an infant child and arrested at the scene—both adults for Child Endangerment, and the man for Illegal Cultivation and Possession of Marijuana for Sale. The infant was turned over to Child Protective Services due to the environment it was found in.
“We have seen hundreds of large-scale illicit cannabis grow sites in many county areas but thus far during 2018, we have seen a reduction in the number of illicit cultivation plots. Existing county guidelines do not permit more than 12 cannabis plants. The 12 plants are required to be grown in an approved indoor structure,” said Sheriff Jon Lopey.