[UPDATE 2:30 Sheriff’s Office Describes Tactics] Marijuana Eradication in Salmon Creek Today
Law enforcement is in Salmon Creek today. A large convoy headed up Salmon Creek around 8 a.m. Now a helicopter and crews are working west of Miranda and northwest of the Hideaway Hill area. This is a very rough map of the area below.
UPDATE 2:130 p.m: We’ve had numerous reports of law enforcement also being on Bear Buttes and the Wood Ranch. When reached for comment, Lt. Wayne Hanson says he isn’t sure exactly where his deputies are today because they are conducting open field searches.
“Today, we staged down on the river bar,” he explained. The helicopter that is with his deputies and CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) is able to work in a five mile radius of the staging area.
“Draw a five mile circle around Miranda, that’s where they could be,” he said.
The crew are removing any plants that are budding by hauling them out. Non-flowering marijuana plants are cut and left on the ground. This allows deputies to “remove a larger amount of marijuana in a short time,” Hanson explained. “Everyone wants the bud,” he said, so there is no reason to remove the non-flowering plants.
The deputies need to move quickly, he said, to destroy as many plants as possible. ‘It saves time…and sometimes it is precious when you only have five or six hours of blade time [helicopter availability.]”
At this point in the day, there have been no arrests and no search warrants served.
UPDATE 3:20 p.m.: