INET eradicates 4,000 marijuana plants

INET agents said that a CHP helicopter assisted the eradication team with extraction of marijuana plants and garbage.

The second marijuana eradication operation this summer unfolded on Inyo National Forest lands outside of Lone Pine on Tuesday.  The Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team reported that agents eradicated about 4,000 marijuana plants with a potential street value of $10 million dollars.  It was the end of August when Mono narcotics agents reported the eradication of around 30,000 marijuana plants at an undisclosed location on the Inyo National Forest.

INET agents said that the site this week appeared to have been abandoned by the cultivators in days prior to the law enforcement operation.  INET said that they had help from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Agents said they removed large loads of garbage and rubber hose left behind by the cultivators.
A CHP helicopter also assisted the eradication team with extraction of marijuana plants and garbage.   Officers and agents warned the public that if you become aware that you have entered a cultivation site, leave to avoid possible threat.  The INET press release says,  “Walk, crawl or run out the way you came in and make as little noise as possible.  The growers,” said agents, “may not know that you found their operation, or they might not be present.”  Agents advise that you contact law enforcement as soon as possible.

Clues for those hiking the backcountry who may find a cultivation site include the smell of marijuana similar to skunk; hoses or drip lines; a well-used trail where there shouldn’t be one; voices in unusual places; people standing along roads without vehicles; campsites in unusual places; small propane bottles; fertilizer; weapons; garbage and individuals armed with rifles out of hunting season.

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41 Responses to INET eradicates 4,000 marijuana plants

  1. Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 18, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    False sense of accomplishment! Especially when it leads to people putting bombs in our post office.

  2. salblaster September 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    question for benett. have any info on what went down at the post office in lone pine on friday.

  3. Eamon McNamara September 16, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Around August 24th, INET busted a marijuana grow and said that “the 30,000 plants were worth $108 million”- that’s $3,600/plant……
    Now INET says that “4,000 marijuana plants with a potential street value of $10 million dollars.”
    This is equal to $2,500 a plant.
    Yet in LA County they found “1,800 plants worth $2.9 million”- that’s $1,600/plant.

    Seems to me that “law enforcement” has no idea how to value marijuana plants and that these are over-inflated figures designed to over-inflate their budgets.

    • Benett Kessler September 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      Just a detail – it was MONET that handled the 30,000 plants.

      • Trouble September 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

        Benett- If I remember correctly, the list of departments involved with the 30,000 plants bust was about a paragraph long???

  4. andrew September 15, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    What appens to the weed? can anyone tell me were it goes, I know a couple of years ago they used Inyo County Inmates to help rip out te gardens. I am wondering if the confiscated pot gets in the market.

    • Trouble September 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

      Andrew- It goes to waste- instead of taxing it like thier beloved booze , our goverment chooses to waste billions of dollars fighting a losing war on it’s own people. Just legalize it’s use on private property , so people who don’t want to be around it can be free of it. Stop this medical use crap.

  5. Jeff September 15, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    10 million? They have no idea what they are talking about… and no most pot does not come from mexico, since they grow crap.

    • Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 17, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      Look into a credible source on the top three smuggled narcotics over the Mexican border. Our current law criminalizing Marijuana gives the underground sale of marijuana a very high demand and feeds the evil ones who profit from it with lots of job security.
      Of course most pot doesn’t come from mexico. A lot of pot that is consumed here in the US is from medicinal growers, and mom and pop growers. Most of the crap that comes from mexico goes to the kids in high school and those that smoke what they can get. Why should anyone support a failing effort? Especially when the debt and deficit continues to sky rocket.

  6. Todd September 15, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    It takes the .gov several months to look at millions of spy satellite pictures.

  7. salblaster September 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    I’m wondering why wait until the end of the growing season to make the bust. if these growers are dangerous to joe public why not take them out in the spring or early summer.

    • Blaze Whitney September 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

      The reason they wait is simple. It makes a better news story to say the estimated value is 10 million dollars rather than saying we eradicated 4 thousand seedlings with no estimated value.

      • Blaze Whitney September 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

        I have personally turned over GPS cordinates with photo eveidence of grow sites (pictures of the seedlings) over to law enforcement, only to to see the eradication of mature plants.

      • Mark September 17, 2012 at 11:05 am #

        Being that they rarely catch or proscute anyone it’s basically a waste of time. The growers just return the following season and do the same thing again.

        I don’t believe the abandon grow site story either. Produce some arrests and then show us some prosocutions or it’s nothing but job security for law enforcement.

        • Wayne Deja September 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

          Mark…So what do you suggest ?…..Should Law Enforcement go to these grow-sites and help with the irrigation if no one is around ….maybe leave some food,water and supplies for the “farmers”….maybe some milk and cookies for when they return ?

          • Mark September 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

            I suggest catching those in charge of the operation by covert surveillance. Much like DFG did a few years back to catch those guys hunting within Yosemite park.

            I fully understand these grow areas need cleaned up, but I question the value when weighed against the cost year after year with no arrest.

            You can easily tell how often growers return by the sophistication of the operation. It appears as if the agencies involved just use the grows as a reason to get together around the camp fire once a year.

    • Big AL September 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

      I think .. sometimes they are not detected right away … but good question .. it seems when ever you watch shows like the CADFG show .. showing game wardens busting pot farms, or any documentary on the subject, the plants are always in the mature stage. Any time, it seems like, when watching news clips about it, the plants are mature as well.

      • Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 17, 2012 at 8:35 am #

        They know about these sites when they are small, if they here really about eradication they would take them out when they first know about them rather then let the public be at risk with these sites left there so the cops can make themselves feel like they are doing something productive by taking out full grown plants.
        Colorado is gonna legalize before California! And we will all see the outcome of it.
        Just look at Portugal, they legalized years ago and see how that worked out for them. Facts not speculation or fear mongering.

        • Benett Kessler September 17, 2012 at 8:46 am #

          Curious, how do you know law enforcement know about the sites when plants are small?

          • Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 17, 2012 at 10:41 am #

            Why else would they wait after they have heard word of a site? For one it doesn’t show much of a demand of police force if your crop worth is only hundreds rather then millions.
            This country and state will sooner or later legalize Marijuana and it will quickly show how ridiculous it was for a nation to waste precious resources in such a careless way , just ask yourself are we winning this war on Marijuana? and is it even worth it when we all know there are more immediate treats out there.
            Colorado, Oregon, and Washington all have legalize on their November ballots, I am willing to bet Colorado will pass.
            I mean we have a Judge in Virginia that got caught growing a lot of pot recently and of course he got a small sentence. I don’t know about you but I can’t stand how their is different set of rules depending on who you are and Marijuana gives law enforcement to much opportunity to pick and choose who is guilty and who isn’t when it is the same crime!!!

          • Wayne Deja September 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

            Benett….My bet is,Law Enforcement does know of these sites BEFORE they decide to eradicate them…..maybe they find out about them,one way or the other,do a little bit of surveillance of the area,hoping to catch the “farmers” at the site, hoping for some arrests,and if that don’t happen,then swoop in and take care of business,before there’s a chance to harvest….From what I understand,this one was near Cottonwood Canyon…..Good job INET,MONET,and others involved in this operation…..

  8. Trouble September 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Ten million dollars, I could get it cheaper right down the block 🙂

    • Mark September 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      Completely free if you’re in the circle 🙂

      smoking is bad though, go with the edibles or use a vaporizor

      • Big AL September 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

        LOL! Edibles and vaporizers … hehe

      • Trouble September 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

        Hey Mark, if you drink beer every now and then, your a total hypocrite. That’s coming from someone who hasn’t smoked pot in 10 years plus. Pots a lot less harmful.

      • Trouble September 15, 2012 at 7:01 am #

        Mark, sorry about my last comment to you. I totally misread your remark.

        • Mark September 17, 2012 at 10:02 am #

          Hi Trouble, I consider myself I social alcoholic, I average about $800 a month at my local watering hole. My setup of choice is an ice cold Corona beer and a shot of Patron silver.

          and yes I agree pot is a lot less harmful. Although I’m not going to quit drinking today.

          • Trouble September 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

            Hey Mark- Is it true Patron doesn’t give ya a hang over? Hope so. 🙂

  9. Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 14, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    It is ridiculous! The ones who do this to our lands do because it is very much worth it for them. Here we are wasting our resources on the eradication of these plants individuals will always profit from.
    Marijuana is the most smuggled drug on Mexican border, Because the ever increasing demand. Then cocaine then heroin, Meth the cartels make here so no need to smuggle that. And we continue to make a priority out of Marijuana? what a joke and a false sense of accomplishment.
    So why are the ones who carry a medicinal card that don’t have a real sickness that Marijuana helps but continue to smoke it legally. We all know this is going on so how much sense does it make to still go after those that don’t have a card when the difference is the card and the money the physician was paid to allow them to receive the card. So that is the difference of it being legal and illegal is money that was paid and the reason that was good enough for the physician to prescribe?
    Criminalizing Marijuana cripples state budget’s and if you look at how many arrests are made only from possession and the percentage of arrest because of possession is ridiculous.
    And throwing our kids in jail rather then address the underline problems only adds to the prison population.

    • Mark September 14, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      I have to question if Jeremiah’s Alter Ego knows what they’re talking about when it comes to the most smugled drug on the mexican boarder. .

      btw, pots illegal because it makes for good business

      Who is anyone to say why someone else should or shouldn’t use Marijuana. It may not necessarily stop pain, but it does give people a change of attitude so they can deal with pain and function.

      Glad to see they’re not over estimating the plants worth. $2,500 a plant is about right.

      • Wayne Deja September 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

        Mark….You say “Who is anyone to say why someone else should or shouldn’t use marijuana”….For starters,from my own experiences in the old days….and what I have seen from others in the newer days,driving a vehicle on the public highways all high and stupid on this newer,stronger weed they got going on now,it ain’t a whole lot different from driving a vehicle after you’ve had a few martinis……That alone makes it everybodys business to an extent…AND the business of our local AND Federal Law Enforcement agencies too.

        • Mark September 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

          More people continue to be killed by drunk drivers then will ever be killed by those driving stoned. Yet that martini you speak of continues to be legal.

          I don’t recommend driving stone but I’ll tell you what………


          • Mark September 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

            Perhaps cell phones should be illegal?

          • Jeremiah's Alter Ego September 19, 2012 at 7:22 am #

            I believe it and also see the nonsense of criminalizing Marijuana and the extra negative impacts it has on the American people and state budgets when pursued as a crime.

  10. upthecreek September 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    don’t they have anything better to do?


  11. Steve September 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    This is getting ridiculous. I’ve been hiking around this area for most of my life. Now I’m suppose to crawl home if I come across a plant. I would rather stand my ground.

  12. Trouble September 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    If they would stop calling a herb a drug and then stop classifying it as a narcotic to top it off, these people wouldn’t be in buisness up here.

  13. Big Rick OB September 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Why not let us know where these (both) grow-sites are so we can avoid them ?

    • Trouble September 15, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      Big Rick- I’m sure half of Bishop would volunteer to pick it for free. The other half are cops. 🙂


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