COVELO, Mendocino County (AP) — A major drug sweep in rural Mendocino County has netted more than four dozen arrests as authorities crack down on rural marijuana gardens.

The Mendocino County’s Sheriff’s Office says authorities made 32 arrests Wednesday in the county’s remote Round Valley. The arrests include seven Seattle residents and eight New York residents apparently brought in to tend the gardens.

Anti-drug agents confiscated more than 11,000 plants, some as tall as 15 feet. Authorities say six firearms, more than a ton of processed pot and more than $12,000 also were seized.

Raids on Tuesday resulted in 17 arrests.

Capt. Kurt Smallcomb told The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa that the raids could continue through the end of the week. He stressed that authorities are not targeting medical marijuana.

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Comments (7)
  1. gabe says:

    You know who this helps? The Mexican drug cartels.

  2. j r says:

    I guess the growers aren’t bribing the sheriffs enough. Hard to compete with the Mexicans.

  3. Jim says:

    Dammit the prices will go up again

  4. Matt says:

    Good! maybe they’ll get theh int and quit hiding in the woods leaving trash everywhere! No one strews and much garbage and a pot garden. Its really gross to see and man am I tired of it.

  5. John says:

    Police know they need to seize as much weed as possible to sell before its legalized in November and they no longer have any right to steal farmer’s crops.

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