BRENTWOOD (AP) – Authorities say they seized about 15,000 marijuana plants worth $30 million from a cornfield in Contra Costa County.

Officers and deputies from Alameda and Contra Costa counties— part of a state marijuana task force—found the plants outside Brentwood on Thursday morning after receiving an anonymous tip.

Task force Cmdr. Norm Wielsch said the marijuana was planted about every 10 feet in place of corn stalks that had been pulled from the ground. The plants were drawing from the field’s existing irrigation system.

Wielsch says it was the first marijuana growing operating he has encountered on farmland.

Squatters spotted in the field fled before officers could reach the site.

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Comments (5)
  1. ITUS says:


  2. elizaken says:

    So, let me get this straight – you think it’s okay for someone to just seizue a farmer’s field, pull up his crop (that his livelihood depens on) and plant their own? The it’s okay to shoot the farmer if he dares to try harvest what’s left of his crop?

  3. Jessyca says:

    Who said it was not the farmer who planted the marijuana in the first place? The squatters could have simply discovered it and decided they like it and stayed there.

    I agree it is a waste of funds since it is being made legal.

  4. Nick says:

    its pot. no coca plants, not a meth lab….. pot in Ca, on a farm not bothering anyone other than the tattle tail… glad my taxes are being used sooo efficiently!

  5. Solace says:

    What a waste of time and money…hopefully soon, marijuana will be grown legally in fields without the threat of raids…you know, like hops for beer.

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