California illegal pot seizures top $1.5 billion in value

 

Last updated 11/7/2019 at 6:41am

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, at podium, discusses the results of an illegal marijuana eradication program during a news conference Monday, Nov. 4, in Los Angeles. The results are part of an effort to target illegal cannabis grows on public lands statewide. AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio photo

The Associated Press

Special to Valley News

Authorities seized more than $1.5 billion worth of illegally grown marijuana plants in California this year – an amount an industry expert said is roughly equal to the state's entire legal market – as part of an annual eradication program, officials said Monday, Nov. 4.

The raids netted more than 950,000 plants from nearly 350 growing operation sites this year through the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting program, an effort known as CAMP that dates to 1983 and is considered the nation's largest illegal marijuana eradication program.

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