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Narcotics team pulls out 3 grows near North Fork

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Another marijuana raid was part of local, state, and federal authorities’ agendas earlier this week as three growing sites in the Sierra National Forest were eliminated along with more than 22,000 of the illegal plants.

The marijuana was discovered along with what Madera County Sheriff John Anderson called “unbelievable amounts of trash, chemicals, and solid waste, none of which belongs in the Sierra mountains All of it was found near some of the state’s most popular fishing streams, streams that feed into the very water system you and I drink.”

No arrests were made in the fourth raid in four weeks by a team made up of members from the Madera County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MADNET), U.S. Forest Service, California Fish and Wildlife Service and Madera County SWAT.

Like the last three — which combined for the removal of more than 45,000 plants at around $80 million value — Monday’s raid was again tied to Mexican drug trafficking organizations whose names could not be released...


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