Pot growers using national parks as free illegal farms

It seems that our national parks are being used for more than camping, sightseeing and hiking. Officials in an interagency raid in Sequoia National Park seized more than 3,500 illegal marijuana plants worth about $5,250,000 in a remote wilderness area within the park.

Officials say extensive environmental damage was caused by the cultivators, including thinned or removed vegetation, reports YourCentralValley.com. Approximately 10,000 gallons of water was being diverted from the ecosystem daily and large amounts of trash, fertilizers and pesticides were found in the area.

No arrests have yet been made.

The investigation included law enforcement officers from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, and California Department of Justice.

Park officials say for more than a decade drug-trafficking organizations have been operating large-scale cultivation operations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

In the last 14 years, almost 300,000 plants with a value of almost $850 million have been eradicated in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

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5 Thoughts to “Pot growers using national parks as free illegal farms”

  1. Billy Bob Thorton

    So, we spent billions and billions to curb the smoking of cigarettes, but, the pot heads have convinced “some” (dummies) that it’s good for medicinal, et al, reasons. Its inhaling smoke into your lungs, with no filter to boot. And that is somehow overlooked by the dummy politicians, as nothing to see here, just move along.

    Wait til the death toll start to tabulate in CO. But, you will have to dig deep on that statistic I imagine.

  2. Rory

    Wow, don’t think this is anything new. Before Marijuana was legal in some states, it was being grown in remote areas of state and national parks. These were the “pros” doing the growing for big bucks. In the states where it is now legal amateurs don’t have to go into Nat’l or state parks to do it they grow it @ home.
    “IF YOU COME UPON A “FARM IN A PUBLIC AREA GET OUT AS QUICKLY AND QUIETLY AS YOU CAN, BECAUSE CRIMINALS INTEND TO PROTECT THEIR STANDS.IF THEY’LL SHOOT @ POLICE OFFICERS, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THEY WON’T SHOOT @ YOU”…….

  3. Steve

    Apparently they aren’t very interested in stopping the growing?

  4. Billy Bob Thorton

    If you grow it in RMNP (Colorado) is it still illegal, if you agree to give a cut to the NPS?.

    The dam has burst, and it would appear growing your own pot, seems to be ok in Colorado, so, I guess another intoxicant consumed by the public, which will end up behind the wheel of a vehicle, to mame the unsuspecting public citizenry is ok in Colorado. Just read the initial reports. Ah, what a friggin mistake.

  5. Jeff Arthur

    This is funny, in the early 90’s the Danial Boone national forest . Was known as the Danial Boone POT FOREST . I was told don’t hike here from a local

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