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County To Pursue Pot Suppression Grants

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors is backing applications for a pair of Federal anti-drug abuse grants.

District Attorney Donald Segerstrom says this morning´s board go-ahead to pursue the grants will help fund the on-going eradication efforts of large-scale marijuana-growing operations in the remote areas of the county.

One grant will help fund the Tuolumne Narcotics Team for staff positions and operations costs.

The second, much larger grant, is for marijuana suppression. Segerstrom says due to the remote nature of the county, costs associated with uncovering large scale pot plant growing operations, most of which are discovered on federally-owned land, is out of the county´s financial reach.

The district attorney says Tuolumne County ranks as the fifth largest county in the state for marijuana eradication. The grant money to the county would total more than $425,000.