Watch: DEA Raids Seven Grows In Antelope Valley
In a major crackdown on the illicit market, a multi-agency effort shuts down illegal California grows tied to Mexican drug cartels.
The Drug Enforcement Agency came down hard on seven illicit grows last weekend in Antelope Valley, California, around 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Agents rounded up 400 pounds of processed pot, 8,962 plants, and six guns. Eleven suspects were taken into custody. They believe the grows are tied to Mexican drug cartels.
The raid was part of a coordinated effort between the DEA, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the California National Guard, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Agent told local reporters that the grows are dangerous and harmful to the environment.
"They use highly illegal toxins such as carbofuran or furadan that wreak havoc on animals and wildlife and humans that come in contact with it," one undercover DEA agent said. "A very small amount of carbofuran can kill large animals. A teaspoon is able to kill a 600-pound bear."