Huge raid targets pot grows in Northern California tribal land

Jul 22, 2014 11:15 AM

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - More than a dozen law enforcement agencies are assisting the Yurok tribe in a large-scale raid targeting illegal marijuana grows along the Klamath River that's threatened the reservation's water supply and damaged its ecosystem.

Tribal leaders tell the Los Angeles Times the number of grows on the reservation on far Northern California have tripled by this summer, causing creeks to run dry and water tanks to go nearly empty.

They say sediment and chemical runoff from the grow sites have harmed salmon in the river, and the encroaching grows were making it harder for tribal members to hunt and gather, or to prepare sites for ceremonial dances.

Officials said tens of thousands of plants are likely to be eradicated over the next week and a half.

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