Huge “illlegal pot” grow found in Inyo Forest

[Press Release from Inyo County Sheriff’s Office]

INYO COUNTY, CA, August 20, 2020 – On three separate days (July 24, August 18, and August 19) the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), U.S. Air Force National Guard Unit, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Department of Justice (DOJ) CAMP Team # 3 and 4 eradicated 42,306 illegal marijuana plants from three locations off public lands within Inyo County. Street value is estimated to be between $84,612,000 and $169,224,000.

All agencies assisting in the eradication operation want to remind residents and visitors of the dangers that are inherent on illegal marijuana cultivation. If you become aware that you have come upon a cultivation site, leave immediately and do not attempt to engage with the growers. Once in a safe location, report as many details about the location to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383, option 4.

Marijuana cultivation causes extreme damage to ecosystems. As part of the illegal cultivation process, growers are responsible for using miles of plastic tubing and diverting water from natural sources for crop irrigation. The use of banned herbicides and pesticides is also common practice. Additionally, marijuana cultivation sites often contain large amounts of trash and create fire hazards in wildland areas. Reclamation will be conducted through BLM and US Forest Service.

Law enforcement officers continue to investigate the grow site. No arrests have been made at this time.

7 Responses to Huge “illlegal pot” grow found in Inyo Forest

  1. No no no, I don't smoke it no more August 24, 2020 at 5:44 pm #

    There is no rhyme, reason or logic to grow illegal on our public or private lands. As having had more than my share in a lifetime past, personal choice/liberty is not the issue. We all can grow our own, absent paranoia, arrest, prosecution and criminal record. There is a legal path to cultivation, sales, and personal choice of use. Public lands and access are not license to grow due to the collateral effects on the environment, on potential confrontations with innocents who encounter cultivation sites and more. That we have to have a response from LE to limit this extra ordinary criminal behavior is an unnecessary burden on the responders, to society and tax payers . Hope we serve justice soon to those who have set this table.

    • Pine August 25, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

      Yes, you are correct in that we are able to grow our own, unless you live in town where there are schools, where it is still illegal.

      This is a for-profit grow, which, even if it is done legally, costs thousands of dollars to become permitted. This has made commercial growing out of the reach for most people, and has kicked out the mom and pop growers, and increased corporate interests.

      Typically, grows like this are cartels, coming from Mexico, who utilize horrible land practices, and dump illegal herbicides and poisons to keep the animals out of their grows (and trash).

      • No no no, I don't smoke it no more August 25, 2020 at 4:15 pm #

        It is my understanding that anyone over the age of 21 is allowed to grow 6 plants . I do not see the restriction regarding schools. I also believe that children should not be exposed to marijuana.

        Here’s a download: “Health and Safety Code 11358 HS is the California statute that defines the crime of illegal cultivation of marijuana. A conviction is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in county jail.”

        “Since the passage of Proposition 64 it is now legal for:
        •persons 21 years of age and older,
        •to grow up to six marijuana plants for recreational use.”

  2. VillageWitch August 23, 2020 at 6:43 pm #

    No arrests?

    • Charles James August 23, 2020 at 6:45 pm #

      Not that we’ve been made aware of at this time.

      • Thomas Speakman August 24, 2020 at 9:37 pm #

        What was that huge police presence on 395 south of little lake? 50+ police cars, helicopter, Inyo, Kern, CHP, unmarked, etc. All staged waiting and watching something

        • Charles James August 24, 2020 at 10:02 pm #

          Sierra Wave has only received bits and pieces of this story.
          A man reportedly has a rifle and for some reason reportedly pointed it at an officer/s. There is some indication, not confirmed, that the man may be from Ridgecrest. It’s happening down near Pearsonville and there’s a significant LE presence. Quite a few Inyo Sheriff’s deputies, CHP officers and CHP helicopter involved. Inyo County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the operation.Kern County Sheriff officers purportedly involved as well, if needed. We’ll try to provide more details online at our website as soon as more is known. Hopefully, no one will be harmed, whether the suspect or our LE officers.


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