1.1 million marijuana plants, 455 illegal grow sites eradicated in California operation

California

California’s annual campaign against illegal marijuana cultivation eradicated more than 1.1 million plants at 455 grow sites despite difficulties due to coronavirus precautions and massive wildfires.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Thursday the 13-week effort by state, local and federal agencies in 29 counties also led to arrests of 140 people and seizures of 174 weapons.

The Campaign Against Marijuana Planting has been conducted yearly since 1983, and has long been associated with the forests and mountains of the far north. But this year’s biggest haul — 293,000 plants — occurred in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles.

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