Pot Garden Discovered At Sierra Nevada National Park Was Worth At Least $36 Million!

August 31, 2009
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Officials: pot garden discovered at Sierra Nevada National Park (at least $36 million). After the pot garden was discovered, a Sierra Nevada National Park exhibit closed. At least $36 million?? Read the story, and see photos and video here.

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As wild as it may sound, the problem is occurring with increasing regularity. Just a week ago, firefighters in Santa Barbara’s Los Padres National park began battling an enormous wild-fire sparked by campers hired to manage another pot growing operation. As of last week, that fire had burned an area stretching more than 136 square miles.

Drug enforcement officials say the increasing problem stems from a crackdown across the border by the Mexican Army, which has pushed the armed drug cartels northward into United States territory. The number of operations uncovered usually increases this time of year due to the typical harvest dates of September through October.

This week’s bust in California is one of the largest yet, and is the first time Sequoia National Park had to close down an exhibit as a result of a drug bust. Sadly, that exhibit is a well-known cave, with a crystal-covered interior.

Authorities discovered the massive pot garden only about a half-mile away from the popular cave. Park Rangers repelled from helicopter to clear out the site, which included trash, propane tanks, and thousands of feet of irrigation hose. Much of the pot garden had already been harvested, but combined with the remaining plants was estimated to be worth at least $36 million.

Even though Sierra Nevada National Park is known for its gargantuan Sequoia trees, the cave itself also draws many visitors.

Beth Fritsch, who was visiting the park from Maryland, told the AP:

“I’m fine with the trees, but I really wanted to see the caves. It’s sad to see that this is happening now inside the national parks.”

Far from a mere inconvenience, though, the pot growing operation has environmental and financial consequences. Park officials say the estimated loss in cave ticket sales could rise to $35,000 before the investigation is complete.
Spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman, spoke about the damage to native species that can occur, saying:

“…what’s worse, this pot has been growing next to a sensitive area where there are dozens of species at risk that are only in this park.”

All of the materials discovered will be examined for fingerprints and other evidence that could lead authorities to the individuals responsible for the $36 million pot garden at Sierra Nevada National Park.

What are your thoughts on this problem? Voice your opinion in the comments section below.

I’ve included a CNN video about the issue below.

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  1. 101
    ed m Says:

    Okay Folks; I am a seventy two year old man who has discharged his duties as a parent ,citizen,(Veteran of Korean war), taxpayer etc etc. My children are successful, a lawyer, cook, and amnagement at GM. I dont have much money or wealth of any kind exceept the knowledge that I have done well by my fellow citizens. I have been a pot smoker since 1958. Ido not consume alcholic beverages , nor do I smoke cigarettes. I smoke pot. Big deal!Grow up friends,and light up. Peace

  2. 102
    Josilyn Cox Says:

    I find it hilarious that all of these comments are in favor of legalization. It’s been a while since I’ve been this proud to be an American. I too, have no clue why weed isn’t already legal and taxed. Perhaps the government wants to continue to prop up all the wasted jobs and efforts of the DEA and local task force. But Obama, these police men and women are desperately needed to fight real crime, violent crime that usurps the rights of other people to go about their lives the way they choose. Anyone remember liberty? Does anyone rememmber how crime dropped significantly at the end of prohibition? The disparity in law is becoming greater. I’m on the East Coast and could go to prison for decades for soemthing those on the West Coast can get a prescription for. I want to support the police and my country, but until marijuana is legalized, I can do neither. What am I still doing on the East Coast? God speed to the pot farmers everywhere. You have the support of me, my friends, and my family.

  3. 103
    dharma Says:

    First, Keith R., get informed and stop spouting rhetoric that just is not true. Secondly, I am 52 years old, smoked in the 70’s and 80’s, stopped when the kids came, but now that they are gone……..:-P Finally, legalize it, regulate it, tax it, and leave God out of it.

  4. 104
    Barb Says:

    Just more of the illegal mexican pos scum doing more to destroy our country. Oh, and of course… make 36 million off the plants that are destroying the ecosystems, etc. for other plants… then leave your trash behind. So fricking TYPICAL OF ILLEGALS. God, we need to MILITARIZE THE BORDER & SHOOT TO KILL ANYTHING THAT MOVES!!

  5. 105
    tj2002 Says:

    i have smoked weed since i was 14 years old. i am now 39. id say my health is excellent, i am very active and sports (extreme) orientated. i have never been in an accident or injured due to smoking weed and never been arrested. alcohol is WAY worse!! weed makes u pretty much happy, hungry then sleepy, in that order. im not sure its right to say everyone should use it because it is addicting. but many things are. look at all the presciption drugs with horrible side effects that people take everyday. crowding the jails and prisons and costing tax payer’s money to house them and paying for “the war on drugs” is no good. there has to be a better solution. wake up america. weed has been here for many generations. legalize it for people over 21 like beer maybe. think of something! what we have been doing for MANY years is not working. there has to be a better solution!

  6. 106
    Snippy Says:

    Weed is natural, pharmaceuticals and alcohol are not. How can we look so harshly on something God gave us especially when it can do so much for us. If the stuff was never tabooed the earth would probably be in better condition, you never hear about weed-rage. Maybe some of you should check out what hemp can do for you and the planet when used properly.

  7. 107
    big sky Says:

    The American government is so busy trying to stop drug use here in the USA. Remember the days that our government driven by the so called “Do Gooders” banned the use of Alcohol? You would be sent to jail because you had a drink or went to a bar. Same things are happening with pot and other drugs. Hasn’t anyone figured out that people are going to do what they want anyway. Just regulate it and make more tax money.

  8. 108
    Larry Says:

    Keith Robinson, you don’t know what the hell you are talking about. Pot should be leagal, it is no worse than alcohol. It has a lot of medicinal purposes as well. I have used it off and on for over 30 years. It is great for relieving stress. You don’t get nearly as impaired as with alcohol if you drink enough. The idiots in Washington need to give the American people what they want. I’m sure over half of us smoke pot. I’m sick and tired of the damn government telling me what I can and can’t do when it concerns me only!! Go to Hell bitches!!! The way I see it they have 2 choices. Legalize it and make millions or billions in tax dollars, or keep it the way it is and we will all grow it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 109
    ej Says:

    tj2002, pot/weed/maryjane is not addicting at all. it’s a natural plant that in alot of states grows along side the road. go to northwest mo. ne. iowa, the dekota’s and you just look at the fields of weed. i think thats why they call it weed, it grows like a weed.lol

  10. 110
    dickweed Says:

    This is just law enforcement press to justify the 100 of millions we are putting up for these donut eaters to battle the war on drugs which is really just a war on the american people. Just legalize it and make these usless slobs work for a living.

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