Marijuana as far as the eye can see – both north and south of the border. It may be only coincidental but huge busts of marijuana plantations have occurred in the past two weeks both in Baja California and California.
Last week, feds went into the Mendocino National Forest and destroyed 460,000 pot plants and arrested 101 people. Rogue, armed gardeners had turned forests spread across six counties into marijuana grow sites. These aren't stoned out hippies, either, The raid came about because residents in the are reported being fired upon in the forest in the past year.
“The Mendocino National Forest is under attack by drug trackers,” said Melinda Haag, U.S. attorney for Northern California.
By growing on national forest land, the pot cultivators eliminate the risk of having their own property confiscated.
The busts came just two weeks after Mexican soldiers came across one of the largest marijuana plantations ever uncovered (see photo above). The site, covered by shaded netting, is in Baja California just 200 miles or so south of San Diego.
The Wall Street Journal said visitors to the 296-acre site found marijuana as far as the eye could see. Mexico’s Defense Ministry said the site could harvest 120 metric tons of marijuana worth an estimated $160 million.