Each year there are hundreds of marijuana busts occur in the United States. These busts can range anywhere form a small personal amount to large distribution amounts. Below is a list of 5 of the largest marijuana amounts the law has made arrests for in the United States:
1. Houston, TX 2007
Law enforcement authorities in Houston, TX, seized more than 19,000 pounds of marijuana stored inside two yellow school buses in a remote area Southwest of the city In March, 2007. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents believed the massive reserve was part of a Mexican drug-smuggling operation. The marijuana had an estimate street value of $13 million.
2. San Diego Coast 1984
In November, 1984, a U.S. Coast Guard unit discovered 26,000 pounds of marijuana aboard the 63-foot yacht, named Arrakis, one hundred and fifty miles off the coast of San Diego. This bust is reportedly the largest to date in the West Coast.
3. Mexican-US Border 2007
In 2007, U.S. authorities seized 27,229 pounds of marijuana, as well as 9,512 pounds of cocaine, 705 pounds of methamphetamine, 11 pounds of heroin and approximately $45.2 million dollars from a Mexican cartel. This was a “significant blow” to the Mexico-based “Victor Emillio Cazares-Gastellum” drug trafficking ring. The bust, named “Operation Imperial Emperor,” led to the arrest of more than 400 members of the cartel and the confiscation of $6 million in property assets, 100 weapons and 94 vehicles.
4. Queens, NY 2009
In 2009, as part of a crackdown on a Canadian drug smuggling operation, Federal drug agents captured 50,000 pounds of marijuana stashed into a “nondescript” Queens, NY, home. The street value of what was seized is $150 million. The marijuana was originally grown in hydroponic farms inside British Columbia homes then driven east and smuggled across the border inside cars with secret compartments. Ten people were arrested in the seize.
5. Fresno County, CA 2009
In July 2009, law enforcement authorities seized at least 330,000 marijuana plants from fields in Fresno County, CA worth an amazing $1 billion! Named “Operation Save Our Sierra” lasted more than a week and a half, and resulted in the arrest of 82 suspects with links to Mexican drug cartels. “Fresno County is roughly the size of Connecticut, and the drug traffickers target these areas because they know there is not a significant amount of a law-enforcement present,” Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims told CNN. “The chances of getting caught are slim.” Or, rather, were.