Lake County News, CA – CDFW reports on cannabis crackdown in Lake County

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Cannabis Enforcement Program reports on its activities in Lake County over the past year.

Last week, the agency released its year-end numbers for calendar year 2021, looking at its statewide operations.

CDFW said its 68 dedicated cannabis law enforcement officers work with county, state and federal partners to investigate illegal cannabis grow operations. Their goal is to discover and reduce operations that cause significant environmental damage.

Statewide in 2021, CDFW eradicated 2.6 million illegal cannabis plants, destroyed 487,270 pounds of illegal cannabis flower, served 1,125 search warrants, seized 794 firearms, and removed 32,230 pounds of trash and 404 illegal water diversions from public lands.

In Lake County, the CDFW last year eradicated 83,735 cannabis plants, seized 4,756 pounds of processed cannabis, served 31 search warrants and seized 32 firearms, said program spokesperson Janice Mackey. Cannabis from CDFW.

“The numbers represent all operations where CDFW was either the lead agency or in a supporting role,” Mackey said.

She added that there could have been other law enforcement operations during the year in which CDFW was not involved.

CDFW said illegal cannabis cultivation continues to move away from public land operations towards private ownership.

The public is encouraged to report environmental crimes to the CalTIP hotline by calling 888-334-2258 or texting information to “TIP411” (847411).

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