Agents Make Dozens of Arrests in Norcal Pot Raids

UKIAH, Calif. (AP) – Anti-drug agents are conducting raids across six Northern California counties in a major operation to rid the Mendocino National Forest of illegal marijuana farms. California Department of Justice spokeswoman Michelle Gregory tells the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa that the raids have netted nearly 300,000 marijuana plants and led to 77 arrests as of Monday. The newspaper reports the operation involving hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officials began early last week and was initially kept secret. Each summer law enforcement agencies eradicate millions of pot plants from California public lands, which marijuana growers favor for their remote locations and rugged terrain. The latest raids span Mendocino, Lake, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama and Trinity counties. Hikers and ranchers report more run-ins with armed pot growers in the region.

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