SAN DIEGO, CA –This afternoon, the DEA San Diego Field Division’s Narcotics Task Force (NTF) along with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Health Advocates Rejecting Marijuana (HARM) announced the total amount of illegal marijuana plants seized in San Diego County in 2011.
During calendar year 2011, NTF and our law enforcement partners seized over 199,599 marijuana plants from 150 separate grow locations – 83 outdoor sites and 67 indoor locations. At these locations, the investigators seized trafficker assets valued at approximately $ 1,288,924 dollars. One hundred seven subjects were arrested in connection with these operations. Of additional significance is the fact that almost half (over 91,995 of these plants) were removed from our public lands, including both U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. DEA/NTF will continue to intensify their efforts in this area and work with our National Guard, BLM, and US Forest Service partners and to halt the extensive environmental damage that these grows cause and to ensure that our public lands remain safe.
“DEA/NTF has a dedicated team, led by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, whose purpose is solely to conduct marijuana eradication operations in San Diego County,” says DEA San Diego Acting Special Agent in Charge William R. Sherman. “Our focus is to arrest and prosecute those individuals who are responsible for putting this dangerous drug off the streets of San Diego”.For further information about marijuana cultivation, please refer to www.dea.gov.