Up in smoke: Lockyer announces destruction
of 1.7 million marijuana plants
California Attorney Bill Lockyer
By Lara Moscrip, Bay City News Service
October 31, 2006
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced Monday that
the state Department of Justice's Campaign Against Marijuana Planting
set a new record with the seizure of nearly 1.7 million plants
during the 2006 season.
The marijuana plants destroyed by CAMP in 2006 had an estimated
street value of more than $6.7 billion, according to a statement
by Lockyer's office.
"These record-breaking numbers reflect CAMP's continued,
remarkable success in ridding California of illegal large-scale
marijuana gardens," said Lockyer. "Our program serves
as a model for all marijuana eradication programs. "
Several Bay Area communities made the list of counties in which
illegal marijuana plants were seized.
Sonoma County had nearly 74,000 plants seized; Santa Clara County
had nearly 53,000 plants seized; Napa County had slightly more
than 31,300 plants seized; Monterey County had nearly 31,000 plants
seized; Santa Cruz had nearly 13,000 plants seized, according
This year, CAMP conducted 477 raids in 34 counties during the
traditional growing season, which runs from late July through
During the raids officers made 27 arrests and seized 29 weapons.
This season, 80 percent of the seized, illegal marijuana was
located on public land, including state and national parks and
forests. The remainder of the eradicated plants were discovered
on private land, including ranches, vineyards and property owned
by corporations, according to Lockyer.
Since the CAMP program began in 1983, agents have eradicated
more than 6.9 million plants with an estimated street value of
$27.6 billion, according to Lockyer.
According to Lockyer, marijuana plant seizures have increased
over the past few years due to the deployment of more CAMP teams
throughout the state, advancements in aerial surveillance techniques
and transportation of officers and larger garden sizes.
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