The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 19, 2009 reported completion of a two-day marijuana eradication effort that is being called the largest ever in the county and one of the largest ever in the state.
Nearly 205,000 marijuana plants were eradicated from 13 grow sites on National Forest lands in the Seiad Creek, Low Gap area of the county, near the small community of Seiad Valley off of Highway 96 northwest of Yreka, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
No arrests had been made as of Aug. 20, but the Sheriff’s Office said it anticipates arrests in the near future.
The area’s steep terrain and lack of roads makes it “extremely inaccessible,”?according to the Sheriff’s report. Eradication teams were inserted using helicopters. Plants were described as “large, high quality plants that were approaching maturity. They were planted in the undergrowth and difficult to see from the air.”
Agencies participating in the eradication efforts include the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Response Team (SRT) and Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Eradication Team; Siskiyou County-wide Interagency Narcotic Task Force; U. S. Forest Service law enforcement; CAL-FIRE; Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Swat and Eradication Teams; California Department of Fish and Game; California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement Sacramento and Redding Offices; Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); California Highway Patrol; Klamath River Volunteer Fire Department; and Brim Aviation from Ashland, Oregon.