Pot Growing Season Hits Peak

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011  |  Updated 3:49 PM PDT
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What $5 Million in Pot Looks Like

Santa Clara County Sheriff

This is a photo of the latest marijuana growing operation bust in the South Bay.

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Sheriff's investigators in the South Bay say that California is right now at the height of its illegal marijuana growing season.

Because of that, officers up and down the state have their hands full busting pot growing operations.

On Wednesday the formal Marijuana Eradication Team of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office found and destroyed four pot farms in a remote section of the county. Two "gardens" were in Madonna County Park and two were on nearby private property.  

If the gardens were all in one spot they would be the size of an NFL football field. The total number of plants that were destroyed was 10,000.

Although this is the time of year most pot plants are in full bloom, today's bust was of early plants not even big enough to have buds.  Sheriff's officers literally mowed them down after being choppered in and dropped by ropes into the area.

No arrests were made Wednesday.

The plants would have had a street value of $10-15 million.

The sheriff's department team works in collaborative with the California Department of Justice's Drug Enforcement Agency and the California Department of Fish and Game. 

 Wednesday's bust will be added to the total of over 40,000 plants with a street value of over $60 million.
 

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