Los Angeles-area officials announce ‘historic’ bust of more than $  1B of illegal marijuana

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the proliferation of illegal marijuana farms in desert areas pose dangers, as many are tied to Mexican drug cartels and other organized crime groups. の間に 10 days beginning June 8, Sheriff’s deputies, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies seized more than 33,000 pounds of harvested marijuana plants, 製 131 arrests and seized 65 vehicles in the Antelope Valley, north of Los Angeles.

加えて, 30 locations were demolished and 180 animals were rescued. Armed groups run the illegal operations in multiple greenhouses and operations have expanded during the coronavirus pandemic, 当局者は言った.

LOS ANGELES EXPLOSION: 17 INJURED AFTER BOMB TRUCK CARRYING ILLEGAL FIREWORKS EXPLODES

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger stand in front of confiscated firearms, as he points to a picture of some 500 illegal pot operations at a news conference downtown Los Angeles Wednesday. Authorities seized tens of millions of dollars worth of illegal marijuana grown in the high desert as part of an effort to curtail the black market's grip on Southern California. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger stand in front of confiscated firearms, as he points to a picture of some 500 illegal pot operations at a news conference downtown Los Angeles Wednesday. Authorities seized tens of millions of dollars worth of illegal marijuana grown in the high desert as part of an effort to curtail the black market’s grip on Southern California. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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