Saturday, August 21, 2010

Drug Cartels Grow Marijuana In National Forests

With no need to cross border, it's much easier to get to market.

Drug cartels recruit agricultural workers with family on the
other side of the border in Mexico.

They bring them to the U.S. where they have them tend
massive and lucrative crops of marijuana in the national

This way, there is no need to smuggle the bulky, smelly crop
into the U.S. The workers are easy to control because their
families in Mexico could lose their lives if they do not
cooperate fully.

Mercenary grower teams sport AK-47 assault rifles, booby
traps and 24/7 security guards throughout hundreds upon
hundreds of secluded acres in remote parts of the forests.

The plant naturally grows best under the partial cover of
second growth trees and brush, which is a plus because of
the weed's bright green color. It's very easy to spot a
marijuana patch from low-flying planes and helicopters.

Narcotics authorities earlier this month broke up a very
large operation spread out across 10 grow sites in
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, a 350,000 acre reserve
located about 50 miles north of Green Bay. They uprooted
and confiscated thousands of plants.

But that's not the only place marijuana growers have been
busted. In forests all over northern California, Oregon and
Washington, agents have found similar operations. Certain
areas of Riverside County, California, and national forests
in Indiana, Tennessee and Nevada have seen similar

The chief task left to the authorities is to clean up the
mess once the operation is secured. Growers dig water pits
the size of kiddie pools and use them for irrigation, leave
sacks of fertilizer on the ground, and trash and garbage
strewn everywhere.

The finished product is very expensive and cutting out the
task of smuggling it across the border or ashore in bales
really cuts out a tremendous cost factor.

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