Sheriff encourages safety on public lands
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 —Large-scale marijuana grows are found each year on public lands in Lassen County. These grows are often discovered by citizens who are hunting, fishing or hiking in remote areas. With hunting seasons ramping up, there will be more people out in these remote areas and it is important for them to know how to recognize a possible marijuana grow site and what to do if they encounter one.
The Sheriff's office has encountered grows from 1,000 plants up to 35,000 plants. Most, if not all of these grows were operated by Mexican nationals under the direction of drug cartels. The persons operating these grows often have firearms for the taking of game and the defense of their crop, and they sometimes place booby traps and poisons to protect their crops.
Signs of a potential marijuana garden: