Joint Effort By Officials Seizes $16.3 Million Worth of Illegal Marijuana Across Florida
By Space Coast Daily // September 1, 2016
Domestic Marijuana Eradication
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced the completion of the annual Domestic Marijuana Eradication Aerial Spotter school, which resulted in the discovery of more than 75 outdoor grow sites and the eradication of more than 8,000 marijuana plants, located in Holmes, Walton and Washington counties.
The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is more than $16.3 million.
“I am proud of our collaborative efforts with local law enforcement to destroy illegal marijuana grow operations and to keep Florida’s communities among the safest in the country,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement works to prevent the illegal cultivation and distribution of marijuana through the Domestic Marijuana Eradication Program, which is a joint effort with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration and local sheriff’s offices and police departments in 45 counties across the state.
In addition to the department’s Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement, the following agencies participated in the education and eradication efforts:
· Bay County Sheriff’s Office
· Customs and Border Patrol
· Drug Enforcement Administration
· Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
· Florida National Guard
· Holmes County Sheriff’s Office
· Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
· Osceola county Sherriff’s Office
· Taylor County Sheriff’s Office
· Walton County Sheriff’s Office
· Washington County Sheriff’s Office
The Domestic Marijuana Eradication Program provides funds to law enforcement agencies to help offset their marijuana grow investigations and provides in-depth training to law enforcement officers at no cost to their agency.