24 Arrested In Marijuana Raids In Mendocino County

 State and federal authorities have arrested 24 people in a three-day raid of marijuana gardens in Mendocino County.

Industrial hemp, left, looks a lot like its cousin in the cannabis family, marijuana. (Courtesy L: Luke Zigovitis R: AFP/Getty Images)

COVELO, Calif. (AP) - State and federal authorities have arrested 24 people in a three-day raid of marijuana gardens in Mendocino County.

Lt. Kurt Smallcomb of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department says drug agents seized nearly 4,500 pot plants, processed marijuana and about a dozen firearms during the sweep near the town of Covelo.

Officials say the nine people arrested on the final day of the three-day sweep were connected with four gardens ranging from 65 to more than 700 plants.
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Information from: The Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemo.com

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AP-NY-09-20-08 1730EDT


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