August 7 - Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Deputies in conjunction with CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting), DOJ, UNET (Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team) and the Department of State Fish and Game seized 20,00 Marijuana plants, just east of the James Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton.
The five gardens yielded a total of 20,000 plants. Once matured, these plants would have had a street value of over $80 million dollars. A loaded .22 caliber rifles was found at one of the campsites. No arrests were made during the raid, however the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations team believes that someone had just tended to one of the gardens before their arrival.
So far this year, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Suppression Team has seized and destroyed over 70,000 Marijuana plants. The total street value of these plants is in excess of $280 million. In addition to the Marijuana, three suspects have been arrested in raids this year.
The Marijuana Suppression Team is part of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and consists of two full time deputies and one sergeant. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services funds most of the program. The mission of the program is to minimize marijuana availability through investigations, crop destructions, arrests, prosecutions of cultivators and traffickers, to deter cultivation and potential growing areas and to seize and initiate forfeiture of perpetrator's assets.
Anyone having any information related to illegal indoor and/or outdoor marijuana gardens can call the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Marijuana Eradication Team Tip line at (408) 808-4420.