fbpx

Illegal marijuana growing operation shut down in Cosumnes River Preserve

Illegal marijuana growing operation shut down in Cosumnes River Preserve

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife shut down a large illegal marijuana growing operation in the Cosumnes River Preserve, south of Elk Grove. Over 15,000 plants and 3000 pounds of processed marijuana was found.

The growing operation took place on two side by side parcels. One owned by the state and the other by the Nature Conservancy. In addition to the illegal growing operation, authorities found 3 loaded firearms and evidence of deer poaching.

Numerous environmental violations were documented, including a sophisticated illegal water diversion, pesticide and petroleum products placed near streams, garbage placed near waterways, habitat destruction and substantially causing environmental harm to public land. Eleven suspects were arrested during the operation. Officers also removed 1,900 pounds of trash from the site through aerial support.

Photo courtesy California Dept of Fish & Game

Privacy Policy

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.