Cameron Polom, KSBY
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (KSBY) - The San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office says Mexican drug cartels are rooting themselves into the county by force when it comes to illegal marijuana grows.
"You're not going to say anything. You're not going to do anything. If you do, we're going to kill you or we're going to kill your family," narcotics detective Greg Beuer says ranchers living in San Luis Obispo County have received that exact threat from cartels wanting to use their land to grow marijuana.
"It's the real thing. It's not just happening in Mexico, it happens up here too," said Beuer.
This is the reality for unsuspecting victims of cartels, he said.
"The enforcers will come in with weapons and their whole job is protecting the grow site," said Beuer, a narcotics detective with 20 years of marijuana enforcement under his belt.
The impact from these operations continues to pile up.
"There's been a number of forest fires started by grows. There's been several homicides over the last couple years," said Beuer.
And stopping it is a relentless effort.
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