Over 5,000 pounds and 900 marijuana plants seized in Trinity County bust

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) made a sizeable dent in black market cannabis coming out of Trinity County in early November.

On November 6, CDFW served a search warrant at the 1700 block of Hidden Valley Road in Trinity County.

The property reportedly contained an unpermitted water diversion, water pollution violations, over 900 marijuana plants and 5,069 pounds of untested cannabis.

CDFW discovered the grow during routine flights over the county, and observed more than 600 marijuana plants and several large water tanks with an irrigation hose leading into dense vegetation along a creek.

CDFW verified with the state that the grow was not licensed or permitted. There had been no attempt by the property, per a records check, to legitimize the grow operation.

32 suspects were detained at the property, some wearing bulletproof vests and carrying guns and two with fake police badges. 11 people were booked into the Trinity County Jail on multiple felony charges related to environmental crimes, the rest were released.

"Black-market grows prevent legitimized cultivators from thriving, harm California's sensitive natural resources with diverted waterways and illegal pesticides and put untested cannabis products on the black-market," said David Bess, Deputy Director and Chief of the CDFW Law Enforcement Division. "We support the legal cannabis market where cultivators obtain permits, take action to prevent environmental impacts and comply with applicable state and local laws."

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