The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office has released the outcome of Operation Terminus, which began this past Monday.
The California National Guard, state water board, and Department of Fish and Wildlife worked with the sheriff’s office to make the largest illegal marijuana operation bust the county has ever seen.
The sheriff’s office reports seizure amounts are 28,650 marijuana plants, 12 Opium Pods, 31 tons of unprocessed marijuana, 1898 pounds of processed marijuana, 13 firearms, 1 piece of body armor and just over $57,000 cash. With over $50,000 cash seized at one location late yesterday afternoon. 35 arrests have now been made.
In addition to the arrests and seizures noted above the following criminal/environmental violations were issued or are being investigated. 97 California Department of Fish & Wildlife Violations, 29 Water Quality Violations, 24 Water Rights Violations and 5 Cal Fire land Conversion Cases.
35 people were arrested for illegal cultivation of marijuana and several environmental violations.
Officials also seized 11 firearms, some with the serial numbers filed off, and $7,000 in cash.
The properties that police and other agencies focused on extended from Mountain Ranch to Copperopolis.
Trevor Whitke is a registered marijuana grower who has lived in the county for most of his life. However, he said there is a lot of tension with the community because of illegal growers.
Whitke supports the efforts by police to eradicate illegal growers in the county.