These are August 3, 2017 remarks by Calaveras Sheriff Rick DiBasilio of the operation, six months in the planning that began July 31. The goal is not only to permanently shut down these grows but also to hold growers and/or landowners accountable for the environmental damages they cause. The alliance includes the California National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, CHP, California Fish and Wildlife and the State and Central Valley Regional water boards. Through Calaveras County District Attorney Barbara Yook, a California District Attorneys Association special unit prosecutor has been sworn to assist in prosecuting the resulting cases as crimes against the environment. In four days Operation Terminus activities at 23 sites involved arresting 35 suspects and the eradication of over 27,000 marijuana plants. Depending on the multiplier used to approximate street value, the haul's estimated street value was $27 to $108 million. Provided by myMotherLode.com / Clarke Broadcasting.
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