Federal authorities are seizing 17 Elk Grove houses that reportedly contained illegal marijuana growing operations. They were among 100 houses targeted in a sweep operation across the Sacramento region on April 3-4.
Federal agents and local law enforcement officers also searched 74 houses and seized more than 61,000 marijuana plants and 200 kilos of processed marijuana. Investigators determined these operations were connected to organized crime in China and they were operated by human trafficking victims.
“I don’t believe that anyone wants an organized crime group operating large-scale marijuana (farms) in a house next to them,” U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said in an April 4 press conference.
He announced they have a “game changer” – the civil forfeiture of the growers’ houses. The homes will eventually be auctioned off to the public. Scott said this is one of the largest forfeiture cases in U.S. history.
“It hits the criminals where it counts in the pocketbooks,” he said about the forfeitures.
Scott also described the marijuana tenders as “indentured servants” or people who were pressured to live in the houses and grow