Ganjapreneur reports…About 260,000 plants were destroyed and 30 tons of evidence confiscated last week during a police raid on a hemp farm accused of growing illicit cannabis on Navajo Nation land.
The multi-agency law enforcement action on Navajo Nation lands last week led to 30 tons of evidence and the eradication of about 260,000 live plants, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico announced on Monday. The investigation – “Operation Navajo Gold” – focused on a supposed hemp operation owned by Dineh Benally in the Shiprock area of the Navajo Nation that Tribal authorities said was a front for illicit cannabis production.
The team, comprised of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, also found about 1,000 pounds of “high-grade marijuana” ready for distribution, James Langenberg, special agent in charge of the Albuquerque, New Mexico Federal Bureau of Investigation Division, said.
Navajo Police Chief Philip Francisco, said the raid brings a “much-needed resolution to the marijuana operations and has given the Navajo Nation citizens, as well as the surrounding communities, peace of mind.”