Merced County Sheriff’s deputies are seeing an increase in illegal marijuana grows. Sheriff Vern Warnke said they’ve destroyed more than 60,000 plants since recreational marijuana was legalized in California. They’ve also seized more than 40 guns.
On Saturday, deputies found more than 3,000 plants, and several firearms while serving search warrants.
“We’re deeply concerned about the firepower being used. We’re seeing a lot more in the influence of cartels. We’ve seen a great increase in the Asian cartels along with the Mexican cartels, so we’re having a problem with that,” Warnke said.
The county allows people to grow six plants indoors. However, outdoor cultivation is illegal.