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Agents take down 20,000 more pot plants in Sierra National Forest

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This week marked yet another marijuana raid for authorities as more than 20,000 plants were seized from two grow sites in the Sierra National Forest.

For more than 12 hours, Madera County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MADNET) agents and members of the U.S. Forest Service, California Fish and Wildlife Service and Madera County SWAT worked to eliminate the plants and restore forest land under a sky filled with smoke from Mariposa County forest fires.

The two sites were found about six miles north of North Fork, in an area Stuart described as “way, way, way out in the back country of the Sierras.”

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said that Thursday’s raid was part of an annual battle against the invasion of California’s forests by illegal drug trafficking organizations...


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