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Marijuana Eradication Doubles In Tuolumne County

Sonora, CA – The 2010 marijuana eradication season is coming to a close in Tuolumne County.


“It was a very good summer in that we were able to eradicate over 430,000 marijuana plants,” says Sheriff Jim Mele. “We doubled what we did the previous year, so everybody did a great job.”


The Tuolumne Narcotics Team partners with agencies like the state’s Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (C.A.M.P.), Department of Fish and Game and the Forest Service to locate and eradicate marijuana that is being illegally cultivated in the county. Sheriff Mele says that most of the marijuana is connected to Mexican drug trafficking organizations. Mele notes that a handful of arrests were made this summer in connection to the illegal marijuana gardens.