The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Suppression Team will be performing an environmental clean up of past Marijuana grow sites on March 13-14, 2006.
The clean up will occur on Mid-Peninsula Open Space District and Santa Clara County Open Space Authority lands. The California National Guard Team Hawk Helicopter will drop Sheriff’s Deputies and California Fish and Game Wardens into the remote areas. They will perform the clean up by bagging up the trash and coiling up leftover irrigation hose, and load the waste into nets. The helicopter will then retrieve the personnel and waste. Based on the geographic location of the sites, the trash will be dropped off at Waste Management's Guadalupe Landfill or Kirby Canyon Landfill. Santa Clara County Caltrans donated many of the cleanup supplies.
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 a 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.
The Media is invited to attend the hoist training at 9 am on the 13th and to the Guadalupe Landfill dump location. For more information and for event location please contact Sergeant Joe Waldherr at (408) 808-4761 or Deputy Serg Palanov at (408) 808-4905.