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California Briefing / HUMBOLDT COUNTY

Pot operations targeted in raids

June 25, 2008|Tim Reiterman

Hundreds of federal and state agents served search warrants throughout the county Tuesday, targeting a large commercial marijuana cultivation and distribution organization, authorities said.

The raids at residences and outdoor marijuana-growing sites that covered thousands of acres were part of a two-year investigation initiated by the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement.

About 450 agents from the narcotics bureau, the FBI and numerous other agencies served 29 search warrants in Eureka, Arcata, Redway, Garberville and Shelter Cove. No injuries were reported, and results of the searches have not been compiled.

Officials said the raids did not involve legitimate medical marijuana clinics or growing operations, which are allowed under state law but not recognized by federal agencies.

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