Marijuana Raids: Orleans Area Today, Pecwan and Weitchpec Yesterday With Approximately 14,000 Plants Eradicated So Far
two different areas for marijuana grows yesterday. They are also raiding in the Orleans area out Red Cap road today.
Hanson said the plants taken yesterday were on Yurok Tribal land in the Pecwan and Weitchpec area. Approximately, two thousand were removed from the Pecwan area and twelve thousand from the Weitchpec area. “This was because of water diversions,” Hanson explained. “We believe that they were drug trafficking organizations.” But, he said, he is still gathering information and doesn’t have all the details at this time.
The three sites targeted today in the Orleans area are on US Forest Service land, Hanson explained. “We’re targeting drug trafficking sites that are destroying our environment,” he said. “We’re not going after the little guy….We are trying to make public lands safer for people who are trying to enjoy Mother Nature.”
Although there are three trespass grows targeted today, more might be located when the helicopter that accompanies CAMP flies the surrounding area, Hanson explained.
Hanson said that because he was still gathering information from officers in the field he wasn’t sure what focused law enforcement on the grows yesterday but likely, he said, it was a routine reconnaissance flight in June like the one that brought attention to the grows in the Orleans area that are being raided today.”
“Typically we do overflights in known high density areas where people do this,” he explained. Usually, the Sheriff’s Office finds the grows and then requests CAMP assistance to eradicate the plants. “Their resources…are no cost to the county,” he said.