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8/1/2017 - Modoc County Sheriff's Office Eradicates Illegal Grow Site During Cove Fire
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On the evening of Tuesday, July 25, 2017 it was reported to the Modoc County Sheriffs Office that firefighters who were fighting the Cove fire in the northwestern part of Modoc County came upon an illegal marijuana growing operation.
The Sheriff and Undersheriff responded to the location and met with fire officials and determined that the marijuana growing operation was on public land.
While at the scene of the fire, two individuals were observed sitting under a tree atop of a ridge near the fire.
Law enforcement and fire officials determined that it was not safe for fire crews to continue their firefighting efforts until the location could be secured.
Firefighters were pulled from the fire line at approximately 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2017.
On Thursday, July 27, 2017, Deputies from the Modoc County Sheriffs Office along with a Warden from the California Department of Fish and Game returned to the grow site and secured the area.
By 9:00 a.m. firefighters were asked to return to the fire line to continue firefighting efforts and to protect the eradication team from the fire.
A helicopter with a team of law enforcement officers and members of the Modoc County Sheriffs Posse were called in to assist Deputies with removing the marijuana and trash from the grow site.
The Sheriffs Office eradicated 1870 marijuana plants from the site and approximately 600 pounds of trash. No arrests were made.
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