Mexican Families Tend Huge Marijuana “Grows” In Northwest


It’s marijuana harvest season in the Northwest, says Northwest Public Radio. Police in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are taking to the air in search of large, outdoor marijuana “grows.” The majority are planted on public lands and managed by Mexico-based drug cartels. Chelan County Sheriff Mike Harum says marijuana eradication has become an annual event in this prime agricultural region of the state. Large marijuana grows used to be few hundred plants. Said Harum: “Now we’re talking seven, eight, nine thousand plants out there and they’re trying their best to try and hide it from us because they know we’re looking from the air.”

In the forests, spotters are looking for something that doesn’t belong. Said one trooper: “It’s a lighter color green. It looks like a great big green q-tip is what it looks like.” In one grow, officers found a Catholic shrine with a candle still burning. Typically each grow has at least two and sometimes as many as 20 full-time gardeners. They’re usually armed. They are mostly men but this year, for the first time, police have found evidence of women and children living in these hidden camps. Said one officer: “Frankly the people that in many cases are out tending the grows are folks that are trying to do the right thing by their family back home in Mexico. Yes, what they’re doing is illegal – we don’t approve it – but it’s the organizations that are behind them that are forcing them to do this and that are organizing it that we’re really after.”


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