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UNET Prepares For Marijuana Harvest

Cozmo

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With outdoor marijuana growing season starting in the next few months, local law enforcers are training agents and educating ranchers in preparation for eradicating the county's gardens this summer.

"A lot of this is going to be awareness for people who own property in the rural areas," San Benito County Sheriff Curtis Hill said.

Much of the county's marijuana crop is cultivated on public land, owned by the Bureau of Land Management, Hill said. But some growers are shifting to private land.

Authorities are beginning to meet with south San Benito County ranch owners Thursday to teach them how to spot and report marijuana gardens growing on their property.

The Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team, made up of law enforcement personnel from Santa Clara and San Benito counties, works with the BLM and private landowners to combat marijuana growing, UNET Cmdr. Mark Colla said.

"If it's on private land we might need a search warrant or permission from the owner," Colla said.

Most of the gardens are operated by Mexican drug cartels, Hill said. At $4,000 per plant, marijuana growing remains a profitable business, especially in rural counties.

In 2006, UNET confiscated 56,363 marijuana plants, and made 14 arrests in San Benito County, the most since 1999, when agents seized more than 90,000 plants, Colla said.

Finding the gardens can take extraordinary measures.

Agents often use helicopters to not only find gardens, which are often located in the most rural and inaccessible parts of the county, but also to seize the plants and make arrests, Hill said. Authorities also use information obtained from previous marijuana-related arrests.

The sheriff's office will soon send up to six deputies to helicopter school to learn special tactics, Hill said. Tactics include conducting landings and rappelling from the helicopter into gardens.

"We've been gearing up and getting all of the training done," Hill said.

Hill recently re-signed an agreement with the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting, a state run multi-agency organization.

Larger busts often require more manpower than is available locally, Hill said. But CAMP provides training and manpower to local agencies to aid in marijuana abatement.

"We can get 30 to 40 people if we want depending on the situation," he said.

In 1999, authorities made the biggest pot bust in county history.

Officials confiscated more than 84,000 plants with a street value of $330 million, Hill said. The county's total legal agricultural crop in 2005 was valued at $268 million, according to the San Benito County Agricultural Commissioner.

It took agents almost two weeks to eradicate the 84,000 pot plants, Hill said.

Newshawk: CoZmO - 420Magazine.com
Source: Hollister Free Lance (California)
Author: Michael Van Cassell
Contact: mcassell@freelancenews.com
Copyright: 2007 Hollister Free Lance
Website: HollisterFreeLance.com of Hollister California
 

Blob

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Well, if you have a plant that produces a pound or more, $4000 is not so unreasonable.

What is unreasonable is training your deputies to repel from a helicopter just to eradicate a few plants growing in a hard to reach location. Not only is it a waste of money but its also risking human life to kill a damn weed.
 

Frog

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They are only findin' TerroristWeed/CartelWeed.

Unless y'all are plantin' as tight as they do.
Mago Tip of the Day:
Know what your local LE aircraft sound like, without gettin' popped.

We HillBillies now what a patch is, even if it is justa' single Lady.
Just have'ta make more patches :)
We also know how to freeze and blend in when they approach.
 
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smokemagnet

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Well, if you have a plant that produces a pound or more, $4000 is not so unreasonable.

What is unreasonable is training your deputies to repel from a helicopter just to eradicate a few plants growing in a hard to reach location. Not only is it a waste of money but its also risking human life to kill a damn weed.



i guess I never seen a plant yield so high but I do agree Its a freaking weed it shouldnt be illegal it should be growing everywhere
 

Freshnugs87

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i've heard that outdoor plants can reach up to 6-8 ft. especially if they are the sativa varitey. Is that true? cause I can see how an 8ft tall plant could make some pretty big buds
 

Bagzgroove

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Some of the warmer climits can produce 14 foot tall plants wth colas the size of footballs. . . I guess if you can get a lb out of a plant, at 10 a gram, you got little more than 4500 bucks. . . 452 grams in a pound? I forget. . . Thats if your gonna sell dime bags. . . god that must take a long time. . . trying to move a lb by the gram. . .lol:laugh2:

so much money spent on eq and training and salaries. . . jesus. . . just kills me, all this for some plants, relatively harmless at that. . . I hope they fall too. . . :laugh2:
 
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