More than $109 million dollars of marijuana seize California authorities

In the second quarter of the year, 66,315 marijuana licences were seized in California.

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More than $109 million in illegal marijuana has been seized by California authorities in operations carried out in recent months as part of a campaign in the state.

During the Unified Cannabis Control Task Force (UCETF) campaign, a 104% increase in illegal cannabis products was recorded in the second quarter of the year, from April to June 2023with respect to the first quarter (January to March 2023), according to a statement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

The CDFW reported that 120,970 illegal marijuana plants were seized in the second quarter of 2023.66,315 pounds of marijuana and $223,809 in cash.

in the operatives 92 search warrants were served and 19 firearms were confiscated.

Marijuana is weighed on a scale at Virgil Grant's dispensary in Los Angeles, California on February 8, 2018. Virgil Grant is riding the high on California's cannabis legalization, with a burgeoning empire that already comprises three dispensaries, two plantations and a line of apparel. His success has come as some compensation for the six years lost inside the federal prison system for dealing the drug. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Veronique DUPONT (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
Authorities seized various cannabis products. Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

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The authority said that the retail value of the total Marijuana seized between April and June 2023 amounts to $109,277,688.94 dollars.

During the first three months of the year, $52,644,020.50 worth of unlicensed marijuana and cannabis products were seized.

From January to March 2023, 52,529 illegal marijuana plants, 31,912 pounds of weed, and $12,602 in cash were seized. 21 search warrants were executed and 4 firearms were confiscated.

“This well-orchestrated task force continues to reach new heights in shutting down a variety of illicit operations ranging from dispensaries to indoor grow centers to outdoor grow sites, among other facets of the illegal supply chain,” he said. California Department of Fish and Wildlife Chief of Compliance David Bess in the statement.

“These compliance numbers speak volumes about the dedication, perseverance and organization of this multi-agency task force. I could not be more proud of what we are accomplishing as a team,” he added.

US Coast Guard personnel stand guard over bundles of seized drugs in front of the Cutter Bertholf on September 10, 2020 in San Diego, California. - The crew seized more than 26.00 pounds of cocaine and marijuana from suspected drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP) (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP via Getty Images)
Local, state, and federal agencies collaborate on the Task Force. Photo: SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images

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The Unified Task Force for Cannabis Compliance was created in 2022 and more than two dozen local, state and federal agencies are involved, joining efforts to curb the illegal marijuana market.

California Governor Gavin Newsom charged the Unified Task Force align state efforts as well as increase coordination of cannabis enforcement among the various collaborating agencies.

group responsibility is shared between the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, coordinated by Cal OES Homeland Security Division.

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