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Authorities seize about 55,000 marijuana plants in hills west of Vacaville

By buseman, Jul 15, 2010 | |
  1. buseman
    This year is shaping up to be one of the Solano County's most successful years in combating marijuana growth throughout the area.

    Tuesday marked the second day of raids conducted by the Solano County Narcotics Task Force and the Campaign Against the Marijuana Plant (CAMP), and resulted in the confiscation of approximately 44,000 marijuana plants in the hills to the west of Vacaville off Gates Canyon Road, said Sgt. Ray Dudley, the narcotics supervisor for the Solano County Sheriff's Office.

    I think one year we got 58,000, so this is the second biggest year we've had so far and we've just begun, Dudley said.

    The three marijuana gardens that were discovered Tuesday combined with the previous day's finds bringing the two-day total to five gardens, Dudley said.

    This is the best year we've had, Dudley said. In the past two days, we've pulled out about 55,000 plants.

    Each of the plants has a street value of approximately $5,000 -- depending on the plant's maturity level, Dudley said.

    The plants located in Tuesday's raid were fully mature and ready to be harvested, Dudley said. Once dried, each plant could be expected to bring in a price of $350 to $400 per ounce.

    CAMP, which is comprised of the Solano County Narcotics Enforcement Team and Cal-NMET, includes state law enforcement agencies such as the California Highway Patrol, Department of Fish and Game, Department of Justice and the National Guard. Each agency was represented in Tuesday's bust.

    We ruined someone's day, Dudley said.

    Solano County Sheriff's Deputy Jimmy McCants agreed.

    Within a week or two, this would have been completely taken out, McCants said.

    Combined, Dudley and McCants are responsible for finding a majority of the groves that are located in Solano County.

    No one was taken into custody during the raid, but officers were able to locate the camps being used by the growers as well as other clues showing that they had been recently inhabited, Dudley said.

    This year it (marijuana growth) is up because of more water, because of the late rains, McCants said. Last year and the year before were pretty scarce but this year our counts skyrocketed.


    Catherine Bowen


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