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Riverside County Sheriff to receive $160,000 grant to deal with illegal cannabis grows

Published On: 06-13-2018 in Category: marijuana

Riverside County Sheriff to receive $160,000 grant to deal with illegal cannabis grows

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors recently received a federal grant of $160,000 from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to be given to County Sheriff Stan Sniff for the ongoing operation to eradicate the illegal marijuana grows across the county. It is also expected from the county to provide the DEA with intelligence-gathering on illegal growers and their products.

Initiated by the DEA, Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program (DCE/SP) is the only countrywide law enforcement initiative that aims to target various drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) involved in cannabis cultivation.

With the board’s 5-0 vote, Sniff will be allowed to assign deputies to the DCE/SP for the ongoing fiscal year and all of 2018-19. “The (grant) will allow the sheriff’s department to continue efforts in eradication and suppression of illicit cannabis by gathering intelligence data related to illicit cultivation on private and public lands, possession and distribution of illicit cannabis,” the agency said in a statement.

The deputies will be responsible for obtaining samples from the marijuana grows and submitting it to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Potency Monitoring Project. The data can then be used by researchers to develop some scientific methods to combat the issue of illegal drug activities. The funding will be used to meet the overtime and other expenses incurred on deploying deputies at various locations for destruction of hundreds of illegal marijuana grows spread across the county in varying sizes. The terms of the grant also make it mandatory for the deputies to work in collaboration with DEA agents during drug trafficking investigations.

Need to implement stringent laws

According to officials, the suppression program has been active in Riverside County for 30 years, but it has not yielded much success so far. Statistics shared by the Cannifornian reveal that Riverside County has the highest number of cities with lenient cannabis laws in California. Significantly, the number of temporary marijuana licenses granted in California jumped by over 322 percent – from 1,272 licenses on Jan. 17, 2018 to 5,369 on March 31, 2018. On an average, 65 licenses per day are being issued in the state, and if this pace continues, there could be more than 20,000 cannabis licenses by the end of the year.

Authorities have been taking necessary measures to curb the problem of drug trafficking across the country. Besides, they have also been educating the masses about the threats associated with drug abuse. In such a scenario, it is important for states, cities and counties to implement stringent laws and curb the number of permitted sites for cannabis production.

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If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately from a renowned drug abuse clinic. The Riverside Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best drug abuse recovery programs and attain sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 951-221-4018 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.


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