On Friday, search warrants were served on 11 parcels in the Mt. Shasta Subdivision, A large quantity of trash, refuse, fire dangers and other quality of life issues were observed by investigators at most sites, the Sheriff’s Office said.

More than 7,000 illegal marijuana plants were seized from the Mt. Shasta vista area southwest of Montague over the past two weeks, as well as nearly 600 pounds of processed marijuana, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported.

On Friday, search warrants were served on 11 parcels in the Mt. Shasta Subdivision, A large quantity of trash, refuse, fire dangers and other quality of life issues were observed by investigators at most sites, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Friday before, on June 14, nine search warrants were served in the vicinity of Pilar Road, Pheasant Road, Tiger Trail, and Zane Gray Drive. During that operation, arrests were made for resisting arrest, illegal cultivation and processing of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The Siskiyou Interagency Marijuana Investigation Team led the counter-drug raids, focusing their operations on large, illegal marijuana cultivation sites both outdoors and inside greenhouses on rural county area parcels, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“Combining May and June to-date 2019 enforcement totals, SIMIT has seized 19,088 illegal marijuana plants,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. SIMIT has also seized 846.5 pounds of processed marijuana, some of it packaged in one-pound bags for illegal distribution and sales.

Assisting with the operation were patrol deputies, jail deputies, SIMIT detectives and members of Sheriff’s Office’s professional staff evidence-property team, as well as soldiers from the California Army National Guard’s elite Counter-Drug Unit assisted with the operation.

Siskiyou County officials have enacted an ordinance that prohibits all outdoor marijuana cultivation in county areas and growers are limited to 12 plants inside an approved structure, for medical marijuana, Lopey said. Recreational marijuana, Pursuant to Proposition 64, is limited to six marijuana plants, which may be grown in a residence or other enclosed structure.

The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors on June 4 voted to extend their “Local State of Emergency” proclamation, which designates illicit marijuana in the county as a major threat to the public health and safety of citizens.

“Last week’s seizure ... indicates some illegal drug traffickers are already harvesting their products,” said Lopey. “The 14,264 illegal plants seized in recent weeks from county areas indicates we are in for a very busy year. These illicit drug operations are adversely impacting public health, safety, our environment, and the quality of life in our own county, state, and many other jurisdictions, since our intelligence sources tell us most of the illicit drugs are being exported out of our state.”

Those with information should call the Sheriff’s 24-hour dispatch center at (530) 841-2900.