On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Agents from the Inyo Narcotic Enforcement Team, with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management, conducted a marijuana eradication operation in the Inyo National Forest.
The marijuana cultivation site was located on U.S. Forest Service land outside of Lone Pine. The site appeared to have been abandoned by the cultivators days prior to the operation. Agents eradicated approximately 4,000 marijuana plants with a potential street value of $10 million dollars. Agents also removed large loads of garbage and rubber hose left behind by the cultivators. A CHP helicopter assisted the eradication team in extracting the marijuana plants and garbage.
The best part of the press release, however, came when the Inyo Narcotic Enforcement Team offered its clues that you may have come across a marijuana cultivation site. Our favorite: Individuals armed with rifles out of hunting season. Yep. Might want to hightail it out of there.