Crime Sprawling opium poppy field found in Northern California
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 .
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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.
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Undercover deputies in Catawba County, North Carolina stumbled on a field of opium poppy plants while conducting a separate investigation. The property owner, Cody Xiong was charged with manufacturing and trafficking opium , both felonies.
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Worth the Trip: California Travel. A North Carolina sheriff's deputy recently discovered an opium poppy field outside of Charlotte worth an estimated $500 million, officials told NBC News. More than 2,000 plants, which can be used to make opium , morphine and heroin, were found on an acre of land
The sheriff said only one other opium poppy plant field has been found – in California – in the U.S. this year. Officials believe the plants were harvested on Xiong’s farm, but were transferred off the property and processed elsewhere.
The family consists of 23 genera and about 250 species that are primarily distributed throughout northern temperate and arctic regions. Many of the Californian poppies are widely cultivated. The most famous and economically important member of the poppy family is the opium poppy (P
The sheriff said the only other opium poppy plant field has found in the United States this year was in California . Plants were being pulled up Tuesday, and loaded into trailers. Officials do not believe the plants were being made into opium on the property.
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