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

By Louis Casiano

Raids targeting illegal marijuana growing operations in the desert near Los Angeles saw the “historic” seizure of more than $1 billion of marijuana, though the amount is only a fraction of the illicit grows in the region, authorities said Wednesday. 

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.  Over the course of 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, made 131 arrests and seized 65 vehicles in the Antelope Valley, north of Los Angeles.

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