July 14, 2008

Officials Seize $20M in Marijuana

Federal authorities said they raided three cultivated fields in California, removing at least 7,200 marijuana plants worth about $20 million.

The fields, in the Cleveland National Forest, were searched Thursday, Drug Enforcement Administration officials said.

Authorities seized plants that were 3 to 7 feet tall, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday.

A trafficker's living area contained a tent, shower facility and edible goods, DEA officials said.

The U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Sheriff's Department and the National Guard took part in the seizure with the DEA, the newspaper said.

The Union Tribune reported 60 sites used for harvesting marijuana have been raided and 128,000 plants have been removed by authorities in San Diego this year.