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Mexican marijuana traffickers are poisoning California forests with a banned pesticide

Law enforcement officers at an illegal pot cultivation site in the Sierra.
(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

California law enforcement has learned that Mexican drug traffickers are using a dangerous pesticide banned in the United States to grow marijuana in remote areas of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, and are going after their operations.

The pesticide, carbofuran, is toxic to wildlife and humans and can cause permanent reproductive damage. Law enforcement took reporters on a tour of one of the illegal grow sites on Tuesday, where a bottle of carbofuran could be seen.

“These are federal lands, and they are being systematically destroyed through clear-cutting, stream diversion, chemicals and pesticides,” said U.S. Atty. McGregor Scott at a news conference, where he was joined by federal, state and local officials who were part of the investigation. “It’s a vitally important issue.”

Marijuana leaf that has traces of carbofuran

The pesticide carbofuran can be seen on a marijuana leaf from an illegal grow site.
(Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times)

The illegal grow site consisted of an estimated 6,000 marijuana plants embedded into a rugged stretch of the Sierra National Forest in Madera County, near Dutch Oven Creek.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Piper McDaniel on Los Angeles Times
Published: August 21, 2019
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