Crime Sprawling opium poppy field found in Northern California

23:45  15 may  2018
23:45  15 may  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

Northern California deputies destroy opium poppy field

  Northern California deputies destroy opium poppy field Authorities in Northern California say deputies destroyed a sprawling opium poppy field that could have produced at least a pound and a half of heroin. (Monterey County Sheriff's Office via AP) MOSS LANDING, Calif. — Authorities in Northern California say deputies destroyed a sprawling opium poppy field that could have produced at least four pounds of heroin per year.The Monterey County Sheriff's Office says deputies over the weekend destroyed 27,000 plants growing on a private plot next to a road and another 16,500 plants that had been harvested. Those plants could have produced a pound and a half of heroin.

Police in North Carolina disovered a field of poppy plants that is worth an estimated value of 0 million dollars. According to Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid, there was only one other opium poppy field found this year in the United States, which was in California .

Your California Privacy Rights. Terms of Use. An Accidental Confession Led Police to a 0 Million Opium Poppy Field in North Carolina. By Ryan Kilpatrick. May 26, 2017.

a man that is standing in the grass: Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has reported finding an opium poppy field under cultivation in Moss Landing in Northern California.© Provided by Fox News Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has reported finding an opium poppy field under cultivation in Moss Landing in Northern California.

People tend to think of the heroin trail as originating in an opium poppy field in Southeast Asia or Mexico -- not in Northern California.

In a statement on Monday, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office reported a shocking find: a small poppy field on a private plot near a road in Moss Landing, about 15 miles northeast of Monterey, that could produce some four pounds of heroin annually.

“Over the weekend the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division eradicated one acre of opium poppies, which contained approximately 27,000 plants of opium poppies and another 16,500 harvested plants,” the statement said.

Those plants could have produced a pound and a half of heroin. The plot could have been harvested three times a year.

“The street value of a pound and a half of heroin is approximately $45,000,” according to the statement.

Officials say no arrests have been made, and they continue to investigate, The Associated Press reported.

A 2017 United Nations report listed Afghanistan as the largest opium-producing country in the world, trailed by, among others, Myanmar and Mexico.

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When Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was born in the rugged village of La Tuna in Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains in 1957, the houses were made of mud, there was no electricity or running water and mules provided the only form of transport. His mother described how she and his father scraped by growing beans and corn on the rocky slopes to care for him and his 10 siblings. “They were difficult times. We longed for something better,” Consuelo Loera, Guzmán’s 88-year-old mother, tells TIME as she looks out at the homes and farmsteads clinging to the sun-soaked hillside.

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