Created in 1983, the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) is a unique multi-agency law enforcement task force managed by the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and composed of local, state and federal agencies organized expressly to eradicate illegal marijuana cultivation and trafficking in California. With more than 110 agencies having participated, CAMP is the largest law enforcement task force in the United States.
CAMP's primary objectives include reducing the supply of marijuana to the illegal drug trade by eradicating the large marijuana crop sites; increasing public and environmental safety by removing marijuana growers from public and private lands; investigating indoor growing operations; deterring potential growers; and promoting public information and education on marijuana.
The 2006 record-breaking numbers reflect CAMP's continued remarkable success," the Attorney General said of the 1,675,681 plants seized with an estimated street value of more than $6.7 million. The seizures surpassed last year's record by 540,989 plants. The 2006 Campaign Against Marijuana Planting was launched in June.
The marijuana growing season starts in mid-April with harvests ending in late September or early October. Pre-season enforcement this year already has resulted in the seizure of more than 50,000 plants, the eradication of nine gardens and the arrest of three individuals.
CAMP seizures have grown through the deployment of more teams, the use of more aggressive eradication techniques that include aerial surveillance and transportation, and larger marijuana gardens.
The 2006 CAMP accomplishments include:
Seizures have dramatically increased over the last five years due to a variety of factors, including an increased number of deployment teams, more aggressive techniques such as aerial surveillance and transportation of officers, and larger garden sizes.
In addition to BNE, participants in CAMP include: the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Bureau of Land Management; the U.S. Forest Service; the Office of National Drug Control Policy; the U.S. National Park Service; the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; the California National Guard; the California Department of Fish and Game; California State Parks; and dozens of local police and sheriff’s departments from across the state.