Thirteen search warrants were served at the sites, said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. In addition, 670.3 pounds of processed marijuana were seized, along with three firearms and equipment used for the illegal drug operations.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office on Friday coordinated another series of counter-drug operations, seizing 2,327 illegal marijuana plants in the Mt. Shasta Vista area of Siskiyou County.

Thirteen search warrants were served at the sites, said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. In addition, 670.3 pounds of processed marijuana were seized, along with three firearms and equipment used for the illegal drug operations.

The seizures disrupted what Lopey referred to as an illegal drug trafficking operation. This was evidenced by the fact that 50 individual, one-pound bags of processed marijuana were discovered, ready for transportation and sale.

One arrest was made for illegal cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for illegal sales, Lopey added.

The 13 search warrants were served in various locations on East Louie Road, McLarty Road, Cardinal Road, White Drive, Cinder Pit Road, Roland Drive, and Layfield Road. The Mt. Shasta Vista is located southeast of Montague and north of Lake Shastina.

The Siskiyou Interagency Marijuana Investigation Team, better known as SIMIT, led the counter-drug raids, focusing their operations on large, illegal marijuana cultivation sites both outdoors and contained in greenhouses on rural county area parcels, said Lopey.

Combining May, June, July, and early-August enforcement totals, SIMIT has seized 30,576 illegal marijuana plants. During 2019, SIMIT has seized 1,683 pounds of processed marijuana.

Assisting with the operation were patrol deputies, Siskiyou County Jail deputies, SIMIT detectives from Sheriff’s Office, a detective sergeant from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, and members of the Sheriff’s professional staff evidence-property team. Soldiers from the California Army National Guard’s Counter-Drug Unit assisted with operation, as well as CAL FIRE personnel.

“A large quantity of trash, refuse, fire dangers, and other quality of life issues were observed by investigators at most sites visited by SIMIT,” said Lopey.

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. Recreational marijuana possession on private property, pursuant to Proposition 64, is limited to six marijuana plants, which may be grown in a residence or other approved, enclosed structure.

Anyone with information about illegal marijuana cultivation operations in their county neighborhoods or the cases subject to these recent counter-drug operations can contact the Sheriff’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.