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Ag Lockyer Celebrates Record Marijuana Harvest

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(SAN JOSE) - Attorney General Lockyer, along with representatives from
several state and federal agencies, today announced the Campaign Against
Marijuana Planting (CAMP) program shattered the previous record by seizing
466,054 plants during the 2003 eradication season. The amount represents
100,000 more plants than last year and has an estimated street value of over
$1.9 billion.

Although only patients and laborers were actually caught, the 2003
eradication season pumped millions of dollars into law enforcement agencies,
giving police lots to celebrate. Headed by the California Department of
Justice, the multi-agency program also includes the California National
Guard, United States Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management,
United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and dozens of local and
county law enforcement agencies. CAMP conducted 182 raids in 32 counties
during the growing season, which runs from late July through early October.
In addition to the record plant seizures, officers made 35 arrests and
seized 50 weapons.

Despite the record harvest and the deaths of several marijuana growers, no
law enforcement agents suffered serious injuries.

Lockyer was joined in San Jose by Jimenez, DOJ Bureau of Narcotic
Enforcement Acting Chief Dave Tresmontan; DEA Assistant Special Agent in
Charge Greg Sullivan; USFS Special Agent in Charge, Region 5 Jerry Moore;
California National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Jay Brookman; and Santa Clara
County Sheriff's Lieutenant Ed Laverone.

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Pubdate: Friday, 31 Oct 2003
Source: Sierra Times (US Web)
Copyright: 2003, The Sierra Times
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