Did LA Sheriffs Seize $1 Billion In Marijuana? No. Here’s Why Every Drug Bust Estimate From Police Is Fake.

On July 7, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department made national headlines, for something other than having a long tradition of tolerating deputy gangs.

After a months-long investigation into an illegal marijuana grow operation in Los Angeles County’s Antelope Valley high desert that included “flight reconnaissance,” deputies pulled off “the largest operation ever to take place in the history” of the LASD: 131 arrests, 370,000 plants, and 33,480 pounds of pot—for a grand total of more than $1.19 billion in illegal weed, Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced at a news conference earlier this month.

Cannabis is legal in California, but only with a commercial license—and the “criminals,” whom Villanueva

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