Crooks left behind ‘environmental disaster;’ cleaned up by officers
It’s been a busy few weeks for the Madera County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MADNET).
After raiding a marijuana grow site 10 miles north of Raymond last week and disposing of more than 12,000 plants, MADNET raided two separate sites in the Sierra National Forest on Wednesday night and eliminated slightly fewer than 15,000 more.
The 12-hour operation in Upper and Lower Chiquito Creek, about 15 miles north of North Fork, removed the plants — valued around $18 million — as well as four miles of drip line and over 2,000 pounds of waste, such as propane tanks and stockpiled food.
The spokeswoman for the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, Erica Stuart, described the two 40-acre grow sites — about five miles away from each other — as an “environmental disaster in one of California’s precious forests.” ...