List of cannabis seizures

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This is a list of cannabis seizures notable for record-setting size or social precedent.

Operation Agency Location Year Amount and form* Notes
Night Train Seizure US Coast Guard Atlantic Ocean near Florida 1978 54 tons (108,000 lb)
US Coast Guard Pacific Ocean 150 miles from San Diego 1984 26,000 pounds yacht Arrakis; largest on West Coast to date[1]
Cornbread Mafia seizure Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (investigator) 10 Midwest states, based in Kentucky 1989 182 tons (364,000 pounds) valued at $350 million Over 70 individuals indicted operating 29 farms,[2][3][4] called by federal prosecutors the "largest domestic marijuana producing organization in the nation."[5]
Operation Green Sweep US Army/National Guard/Fed agencies Emerald Triangle, California 1990 1400 plants first time active-duty troops engaged in counterdrug activities inside US borders[6]
Operation Conquistador DEA Caribbean (multiple) 2000 362 tonnes DEA coordinated 26 country effort;[7] largest in this table by weight
Operation Keymer Local police Cambridge UK 2006 54 kg (119 lb)
Operation Imperial Emperor DEA California–Mexico 2007 27,229 pounds other drugs and $45 million cash seized[1][8]
Federal/local Houston 2007 19,000 pounds[1] seized drugs were being transported in school buses[9]
Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan Kahdahar, Afghanistan 2008 260 tons hashish
520,000 lb
said to be largest drug seizure in history at the time, worth $400 million[10][11]
US interagency? Queens 2009 50,000 pounds BC bud, street value $150 million[1]
Operation Save our Sierra State/Federal Fresno, California 2009 330,000 plants estimated value $1 billion, largest in this table[1][12]
RCMP Montreal 2010 8 tons (16,000 pounds) hashish found in abandoned trailer[13]
Operation Deliverance DEA Mexico–US 2010 69 tons Bilateral[7]
Cowabungle raid? Federal police Tijuana 2010 105 tons largest seizure in Mexico[14]
Operation Kruz Control Federal interagency/local Arizona 2012-2013 27,000 pounds yearlong operation
CBP Calexico border crossing 2013 35,000 pounds largest seizure at US-Mexico border[15]
Local police Goodrich, Texas 2014 100,000 plants largest seizure in Texas history at the time[16]
Federal/local Lipscomb County, Texas 2015 109,000 plants new state record[17][18]
Hong Kong Police Force Hong Kong 2017 180 kg (400 lb) largest seizure in HK in a decade[19]

*Assumed dried leaf or flower material unless otherwise specified.
May not be independently verified

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "America's 5 biggest pot busts", The Week, June 17, 2010
  2. ^ "Pioneer Press: Search Results".
  3. ^ "Schenectady Gazette - Google News Archive Search".
  4. ^ "Lawrence Journal-World - Google News Archive Search".
  5. ^ "Kentucky New Era - Google News Archive Search".
  6. ^ Bishop, Katherine (August 10, 1990). "Military Takes Part in Drug Sweep And Reaps Criticism and a Lawsuit". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  7. ^ a b Kleiman & Hawdon 2011, p. 212.
  8. ^ Richard Marosi and Tracy Wilkinson (July 28, 2011), "Suspicion in Mexico's Sinaloa cartel", The Los Angeles TimesCS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  9. ^ IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT AGENTS, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES SEIZE 19,000 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA, US Fed News Service, March 5, 2007 – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  10. ^ "World's biggest drug seizure in Afghanistan", Daily Telegraph, June 11, 2008
  11. ^ Afghans' 260-ton hashish bust could be record: Worth tops $400 million, NATO says, Associated Press, June 11, 2008 – via NBC News
  12. ^ Nick Valencia (July 23, 2009), $1 billion in marijuana seized in California, CNN
  13. ^ Nearly 8 tons of hashish seized in Canada, NBC News, September 15, 2010
  14. ^ http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/10/18/mexico.drug.seizure/
  15. ^ http://fox59.com/2015/03/02/feds-seize-15-tons-of-marijuana-in-second-largest-weed-bust-ever-at-a-u-s-boarder-crossing/
  16. ^ East Texas marijuana fields valued at $175 million, Associated Press, July 30, 2014 – via The Cannabist (Denver Post)
  17. ^ "109K-plant marijuana bust could be largest of its kind in Texas history", Amarillo Globe-News, June 9, 2015
  18. ^ "109K-plant marijuana bust could be largest of its kind in Texas history", Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock, June 10, 2015
  19. ^ "Largest Hong Kong cannabis haul in 10 years nets 180kg worth HK$29 million", South China Morning Post, January 5, 2017

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