Federal money granted for marijuana eradication


REDDING, Calif. - The use of federal grant money for marijuana eradication was approved Tuesday by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors.

For several years, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office has received money from the Drug Enforcement Agency, to help pay for a number of things: seasonal workers, helicopter time, equipment and travel and training expenses.

This year the Shasta County Sheriff's Office will receive $175,000 with the possibility of another $20,000.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said the money is of critical importance.

"If we did not receive this money, we would not be able to conduct the operations that we conduct throughout the county," Bosenko said. "And I think we'd be overrun with marijuana cultivation, illegal activities and a lot of the crime that goes along with it; which includes shootings, robberies, stabbings and in some cases, murders."

Since 2007, the DEA has given Shasta County more than $1 million to fight illegal marijuana cultivation.

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