BUTTE VALLEY, Cali-- The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office found 610 large illegal marijuana plants during a drug bust.
The bust happened this past Tuesday, September 3rd. The Sheriff's Office says the plants are worth 3.7 million to 5.5 million dollars on the Eastern United States black market retail drug market. In California it's only worth $732,000 to $915,000.
The Sheriff's Office and the Siskiyou Interagency Marijuana Investigation Team or SIMIT focused the drug raids in rural Butte Valley and Red Rock area.
Between May, June, July, August and early September a total of 33, 398 illegal marijuana plants were taken by SIMIT.
According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “The 33,398 illegal plants and 1,883 pounds of processed marijuana, which, year-to-date, comprise a multi-million dollar illegal drug trafficking total, exclusively on private property parcels, again clearly substantiate the intent of illegal drug producers to deliberately violate state and federal laws and county ordinance provisions. The high-yield, large plants were a challenge to recover and most plants had to be severed by using chain saws and our trailers and vehicles barely absorbed the heavy loads. These crimes are still under investigation and 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.”