Fox News – Mexican cartel members – who for years have carried out large-scale pot-growing operations in California national parks – are poisoning water and wildlife through the use of pesticides banned by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report published Tuesday.
Two Mexican nationals and suspected cartel members were arrested in September during a raid on an illegal marijuana operation hidden beneath the thick tree canopies in California’s Shasta-Trinity National Forest [this park is located some 750 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border – Ed.].
Authorities found 8,656 growing marijuana plants and 232 pounds of processed marijuana, KQMS reported.
About 3,000 pounds of trash, including discarded clothing, propane tanks and spent cans of insecticide, as well as three miles of plastic irrigation pipes and open bags of fertilizer, were also discovered at the site, suggesting the operation had been in use for years, National Public Radio reported.
According to the Crop Project, 2,000 illegal grow areas contaminate national forests.
Pinal County, Ariz. Sheriff Mark Lamb said that authorities are “going to need to do some massive rehabilitation” to areas where they find grow sites.
He told “Fox & Friends First” host Heather Childers:
“I don’t know where the environmentalists are. Every time I take somebody out into our desert, they wonder the same thing. Where are the environmentalists?”
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