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Friday, June 11, 2021

LA County's Largest Drug Bust in History Involves Suspected Mexican Cartels

Yaqui for Borderland Beat

                   

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department documented the biggest drug bust in its history on Tuesday and officials expect Mexican cartels are to blame.

Just north of L.A. in Antelope Valley, California, officials tracked down, identified and destroyed 70 to 80 hoop- house styled greenhouses filled with illegal marijuana plots in the open desert.

Law enforcement authorities cleared numerous illegal marijuana grow locations in the Antelope Valley today in what the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deemed “the largest operation ever to take place in the history of LASD.''

Sheriff Alex Villanueva has since launched an operation with up to 500 deputies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to hunt down and destroy other marijuana plantations.

Authorities in Los Angeles County have announced the bulldozing of 75 greenhouses in what they are calling the largest bust in the county’s history of illicit cannabis grows.



The department carried out a series of raids in Northern L.A.’s Antelope Valley early on Tuesday morning that reportedly involved more than 25 search warrants for multiple locations. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the United States Army, and several sheriff’s departments from neighboring counties contributed to the bust, which involved over 400 personnel.

By late morning, the sheriff's department reported that authorities have made “several arrests'' and expected to recover “several thousand pounds of illegally grown marijuana by the end of today.''

Sheriff's officials said the multi-agency operation was designed “to take down illegal cartel operated marijuana groves impacting farmers, families, and businesses.'' Also involved in the operation were the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Army and sheriff's officials from Ventura and Kern counties.

The department brought in massive bulldozers to raid the scene, completely leveling the illegal grows – and there are reportedly hundreds more to tackle. One tented location was alone appraised at approximately $50 million worth of product.

Villanueva revealed to Fox News that these locations are hot spots for criminal behavior with reports of cartel members threatening residents with firearms. The L.A. plantations also hog water from local alfalfa, carrot, and potato farmers.

"The origins of the sheriff’s department date back to 1850 when this was the Wild West," the sheriff said. "And we introduced law and order back in those days. Now, come 2021, we’re going to have to redo the same concept. We’re going to reintroduce this law and order and make sure we drive these people out of business and give this community back to the residents."

“We’re going to send a loud and clear message to all the cartels in the illegal operations: your days are over, here; and you need to pack up and leave, or we’re going to find you,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who also tweeted about the incident, said in a statement.

Villanueva says that the number of illegal cannabis production operations has exploded over the past 12 months, increasing from about 150 farms to more than 500.

Reportedly, the size of the operations has also increased. While the average size of cartel-grown cannabis operations consisted of about eight greenhouses last year, the number now stands at about 15, according to the sheriff’s department.

On Tuesday, one 75-greenhouse farm covering 10 acres was razed by authorities, who say that illicit cannabis growers steal water from farmers, put licensed cannabis growers out of business and are linked to violent crime.

A total of 23- 25 arrests were made, with five firearms, two water trucks and “millions” of dollars worth of illicit cannabis seized.

Additionally, seven “mixed-breed” dogs, including four puppies, were confiscated during the raid. They are now in the care of a local dog rescue.

The department plans to continue efforts to eradicate illegal grow ops.

Five men at the scene of the raid were taken into department custody who identified themselves as Mexican nationals who just arrived in the U.S. within the last month.

Sources: FoxNews / Kfiam / edmontonjournal

41 comments:

  1. RCQ: "First, El Buffalo now Cali too, damn it is just weed scumbugs, working the land harming no one".

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    1. I regret to inform you due to unforeseen events, yes they are harming the land, actually also harming our wells, you see they use chemicals that get dumped onto the land. Always something to learn.

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    2. How about the Superbloom Springs that can be seen from SPACE in a good year and the endangered Pronghorn and Bighorn in Cali's High Desert.

      I gotta say, the sight of this mess being bulldozed is sickening, but " They have to send a message ".

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    3. The people harming the land are all those farmers growing them water intensive crops like alfalfa and cotton which you see being grown in the driest places in America

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    4. 7:49 Why do you always regret to inform?

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    5. Why did you include “RCQ and El Buffalo” like it just happened you do realize how many decades ago that was and how many bigger have been discovered since right? You’ve read some online articles wow nobody is impressed but I see you’re desperately trying. That was just very very corny of you. Jeez these wannabes get more ridiculous everyday.

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    6. He regrets to inform the person the bad news of the chemical they use to cultivate the motta.

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  2. Pretty soon they are going to start calling street corner dealers "cartel related." A lot of these weed farms are ran by gringos and Asians. But "Mexican Cartels" makes for a better headline I guess. Feds and media with their bullshit I swear.

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    1. Hummm and it was reported Mexican Nationals were arrested at the farm, it did not say asian or American..stop the blame card.

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    2. Oh yeah. It’s not like Mexican cartels import drugs into the US or anything like that.

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    3. The guys arrested were the workers not the owners.

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    4. 7:52 mexican arrested on the premises are just hired hands,
      The sheriff may be just trying to shake down the real owners of the farms, but for now i am sure he does not recall any names of privilege.
      I bet legal dispensaries love their share of under the counter tax free sales, and they are the main buyers of local illegal farms, they have been creating forest fires to clear the lands

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    5. And Cartel related = Terrorism related

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  3. Literally up the street from my house, not all we’re cartel some were white guys and some Chinese.Some had permits too and they still destroyed their plants.

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    1. I too live lottery 1 mile from Menchos hideout.

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  4. should have donated it to legal medical cannabis dispensaries for at-cost distribution to needy patients, such as PTSD war veterans with limited funds. stupid destruction shows lack of any smart ideas by johnny law.

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    1. I agree with you in principle, however, that would be nearly impossible.......in Cali you cannot just dump tons of ripped up plants at a Dispensary......all way to regulated , has to be processed, inspected, taxes to high heaven and if this is Cartel grows, which I do think is true, the mota would never pass the chemistry panels run on the final product to be sold over the counter.

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  5. Whats the fuzz el mexa posting, menchos innermost circle of security repelled Cuerpo de fuerzas especiales killing 5 special ops members? Is this true?

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    1. El MEXA is wack, no real info or analysis, just makes videos with no verification looking for views. Just like the book with pictures and no text

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    2. 10:14 i read it in another site and i wasnt sure but yesterday in don cheto Inglid Lasper a mexico reporter maintioned it to, she said it was oficial, but to be honest she seems to be a little bias when it comes (notas rojas) always talking about cjng wrong doings but doesnt even mention cds much, she talkes about a lot of notes that have been posted here about cjng but never mentions cds, she talked about when menchos daughter was asking for a light sentence i think it was last week and she kindcof mocked her by saying "o yea let her go she didnt know what she was doing" than she laughed! Jajaja but she never mentioned emma coronel! Im not surprised cause she is also friends with a lot of sinaloences who sing narco corridos! So i think thats were the pig twisted the tail in other words (donde la puerca torcio el ravo) jajajaja but yea yesterday she mentioned the shoot out she said it happened in guanajuato border with michoacan y jalisco or somewere cloae by

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    3. Mexa is the Foxnews of narco YouTube. Not reliable fake news

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    4. Not sure what the other comments on about but elmexa so far has uploaded reliable info and it is true

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=409k7CBwV6M
      here shadow og reporting on it

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtBbkgaBkB0&t=107s

      and here another spanish chanel like el Mexa that also reported it.

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  6. One glaring difference between the two countries, the authorities in the United States actually arrest a number of people related to the incident. Mexico- nada.

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    1. Excellent 👍 catch more criminals off the street.

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    2. I would have liked to include a map. Antelope Valley is right up the pipeline from the Border/ Frontera, esp Mexicali- Calexico. Past the Saltón Sea, right up to Victorville. Now that the huge Mexi- Esté crossing is finished for big rig transport rigs, the pipeline just became that much more efficient, often leaving the Law Enforcement to Rural Sheriff's Depts. Same in Nor Ca, where Cartel ops are rampant.
      So many growers are trying there hardest to do things right and get legal despite the stringent hoops and hurdles AND Cost, then these guys just come in and overnight they blow up a huge scene right in plain sight, I GUESS thinking they may not get noticed. But as stated in the Video ( and there are plenty more on YouTube ) the growers and the communities have just had it , with the trashing, chemicals, poaching game and water.
      It's not the PLANT it is the Humans, and I in no way mean that in any racial manner. Cartels come in every color, nationality.

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    3. 6:43 on the US, the AG bill barr does not rimember, and the Unpresidented Disgrace betrays his followers at Capitol Insurrection by not showing up for the fighting like hell, could blame this heel spurs again?

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  7. Hell yea putting in work ! takuaches are gonna be in the comments crying the blues about their favorite addiction hahah Fuck em! burn it all down.

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  8. For some reason was under the impression that the U.S. Constitution prohibited the Army from being used for Enforcement of Civil Law????

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    1. The US Army can be used for support and logistics.

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    2. Posse Comitatus Act limits what the Army is allowed to do. When I was in the California National Guard there were some units involved in counter narcotic operations along the boarder. However, they were conducted as California State guardsmen not the US Army.

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    3. 12:57 the US Melitary, defunded by their own authorities of billions of dollars for trump's wall contractors...
      trump's commissions and campaign cuntributions were on the line..

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  9. ¿Quién planta en el desierto? There's only one place to pack up and go. El mero cielo compa. Viajeya el mundo para ver quen mas try agua ah lo seco. Y'all tried to take decades of campesinos plantation successes away. Planting the heat pard in planters paradise now. Tirren semilla ah lo pendejo.

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    1. Deja las drogas mijo

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    2. Como lo demas. Ja semucho que lo deje. Pero jefe, si tu queres ver lo todo en caliente como se hace, un ejemplo sera por ti.

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    3. 1:26 remember when daddy used to tell you you would go blind???

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    4. Greening the desert is good,
      Greening the desert for profit is not good.
      It has been a successful enterprise for a few men that still do it for love of humanity and green areas.
      Extreme right ideologistas d ok not care about the world or humanity, there is bolsonar ok burning down the Amazonia to raise vacas pedorras and the pinchis californios burning the sierras to plant their pinchi mierda de mariguana.

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  10. Remember how the legalization of marijuana would hurt the cartels 🤣🤣🤣
    Fools!

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    1. Why smuggle across the border when they can grow in California for other states and it’s a misdemeanor?🤷🏻‍♂️

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  11. I told my friends those Asian Land Owners license were not valid. A Chinese lady was seling kits for 15k and supplying land and water. She purchased 500 kits from China. She made some good dough and they gave 15% to her. Looks like it was not legit as they first thought.

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    1. The Chinese are running the show with weed. Mexicans are just working the land.

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  12. Its not Cartel per say. Though many Mexican nationals with criminal enterprise links from Puebla/Zacatecas/jalisco/michoacan/oaxaca/etc. payed taxes to a Sonora Based group operating in the area. Who in turn payed use of floor to a Council of informants comprised of a mixture of people. Blacks, Whites, Bikers, Churches, Rogue security elements, Community Activist, Local Politicians, Mexicans, Etc. A community council of informants. The Security Cartel seems to be collapsing.

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