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Large Marijuana Grow Found Near Raymond

MADERA COUNTY – Agents with the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET), assisted by Madera County SWAT and Sheriff’s deputies, completed a 12-hour eradication mission in the Bailey Flats region of Madera County late Thursday night, according to Sheriff John Anderson.

On June 6, more than 12-thousand plants were discovered growing on steep terrain located on private land, used specifically for cattle grazing. The value of the grow is estimated at $14,557,200.

Plastic tent at Raymond growBailey Flats is a former settlement in Madera County, located 10 miles north-northeast of Raymond, at an elevation of 1047 feet.

Sheriff Anderson says Madera County is once again seeing a rise of illegal grow sites sprouting up in the foothills as well as on National Forest land, impacting natural water sources, wildlife and now livestock.

It is believed that the growers of this operation have ties to a drug trafficking organization based in Mexico.

Trash at drug bust in Raymond

Agents not only eradicated the plants, but also removed mounds of trash including bags and drums of deadly chemicals commonly used by these particular growing operations.

Equally dangerous, says Sheriff Anderson, are the growers.

Cook stove at Raymond grow

“They arm themselves to protect their gardens, with no regard for the safety of citizens,” he says.

Anyone who sees any kind of suspicious activity, which includes a sudden increase in vehicle traffic, is urged to call either the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at 559-675-7770, or the MADNET tip line at 559-675-7776.

Plants at Raymond drug bust“These people should be considered dangerous,” says Anderson. “Do not confront them.”

He urges the public to report information to authorities immediately.

No arrests were made during Thursday’s operation. The case is still under investigation.

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  1. When are we going to accept responsibility and accept the fact that the growers are US citizens. Granted they could be financed by cartels. It’s about money. Are we so naive that we believe that illegals are sent here for the sole purpose of cultivating marihuana on private lands and send all the money back to the cartels. It’s not like the cartels are running out pot to ship into the US. If you think for one moment that they are having a difficult time getting through customs think again.

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