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Authorities raid North Coast 'Emerald Triangle' pot farms

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NORTH BAY, Calif. (KTVU) - Four days of raids this week in the north coast's Emerald Triangle have resulted in the seizure of 86,000 marijuana plants. And authorities say they uncovered serious environmental damage caused by the farms.

"These are not minor or casual or accidental violations," Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told reporters at a briefing Friday afternoon. "Many of these grows were absolutely in your face."

The raids targeted a remote area straddling Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties.

The Island Mountain area is an hour off any paved road, so far off the grid, it tended to get little law enforcement attention - until this week.

"This has to do with weed and environmental," declared Sheriff Allman, as he showed KTVU enlarged photos of trash, pesticides, makeshift ponds, tanks and greenhouses.

Allman said the investigation was spurred by community complaints, and that he was surprised by what he saw flying over Island Mountain.

"I thought we were going to see a dozen hoop houses" he noted, "and we saw well over 100 hoop houses, each 100 feet long with 300 plants in it."






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meanwhile people dying, n cops instead of fda worried about weed

Actually ....the complaint was about diversion of water from the eel river basin.

The greedy growers cause much environmental destruction . They ain't heroes.   

Allman (Mendocino Sheriff) really doesn't care about weed by itself.

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