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The Merced County Sheriff’s Office destroyed more than 18,000 marijuana plants and clones, along with several pounds of trimmed buds and recovered two firearms and a stolen sports car, officials said.

The enforcement sweep occurred last week and yielded a total of 18,514 plants and nine pounds of buds, according to a news release.

The marijuana plants and product were confiscated because all outdoor marijuana grows are considered illegal due to Merced County cultivation laws passed in 2018.

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The Merced County Sheriff’s Office eradicated 18,514 marijuana plants and clones, including the plants pictured here, and nine pounds of finished product while also recovering two firearms and a stolen 2015 Sting Ray Corvette during an illegal marijuana enforcement sweep in the last week of March 2019. Courtesy Merced County Sheriff's Office

In addition to the illegal grows, deputies recovered two firearms and a 2015 Chevrolet Stingray Corvette at an indoor grow on White Crane Road in Merced County, the release states.

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The Merced County Sheriff’s Office eradicated 18,514 marijuana plants and clones and nine pounds of finished product while also recovering two firearms and this stolen 2015 Stingray Corvette during an illegal marijuana enforcement sweep in the last week of March 2019. Courtesy Merced County Sheriff's Office

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The Merced County Sheriff’s Office eradicated 18,514 marijuana plants and clones and nine pounds of finished product while also recovering two firearms, including the one pictured here, and a stolen 2015 Stingray Corvette during an illegal marijuana enforcement sweep in the last week of March 2019. Courtesy Merced County Sheriff's Office

Deputies said residents are allowed to grow a maximum of six marijuana plants indoors. More information on laws regarding marijuana cultivation can be found at http://www.qcode.us/codes/mercedcounty/.

Vikaas Shanker is a news reporter covering education and courts for the Merced Sun-Star and Los Banos Enterprise. He also is a data fellow of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. A Chicago area native and University of Kansas graduate, he has been reporting in Merced County since 2016.


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