Authorities arrested 148 people involved in illegal marijuana cultivation in California

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Credits: California Office of the Attorney General (OAG) website

Law enforcement authorities arrested 148 individuals involved in illegal marijuana cultivation across California, according to Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

AG Becerra said the arrests were part of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP), the largest illegal marijuana eradication program in the United States.

The California Department of Justice (DOJ) led the CAMP operations, which included local, state and federal agencies. Three teams of agents were responsible for conducting the CAMP operations in Northern, Central and Southern California.

This year, CAMP agents destroyed 953,456 marijuana plants from 345 raided sites across the state. They also seized a total of 168 weapons during the raids.

During their operations, CAMP agents assisted in serving more than 120 search warrants to those engaged in illegal marijuana cultivation on public lands. They found banned pesticides such as carbofuran, methyl parathion, aluminum phosphate, and illegal fertilizers as well as trash on the illegal grow sites.