Fish and Wildlife department, at least 3,000 to 5,000 organized crime-operated "trespass grows" ... sometimes consisting of more than 200,000 plants."
This may come as a shock, cops lie. Cops in the drug war lie bigly. When they lay out a recent bust of party powder for the cameras and say it has a "street value" of a 3 gazillion dollars, they made that number up. It's not real.
Lets do the bar napkin math. 200k plants (sorry, I'm already starting to make silly faces and roll my eyes). You'll need to start cutting clones in December while all the other growers are still on holiday. I dunno, let's say 2000 mothers. No clandestine hilltop nursery for this, so somewhere someone has a standard indoor 30,000 watt climate controlled mother room (more eye rolling) that generates 0 income and cost 9000 a month to keep the lights on. So 20 clones per mother once every 3 weeks, snip dip repeat. Fast forward to early April. Now no self respecting cartel master grower is going to set up his farm within 3 miles of a road so you get out the ole hiking boots and start shuffling the teens up and down the Humboldt hills. Three miles up, three miles down lugging a dozen teens and your stolen water...16,000 times. 96,000 miles or 7 trips around the equator of Earth (many eye rollings). Perfect season. Lots of rain early, no rain or fog from September onward. No drying/curing outdoors in the fall, too humid, too much UV and this stage is the most critical to get right. Buds 'bruise' easily now, be ------- on the many hikes. Up and down and up and down miles miles miles. Trucks, vans, buses hauling wet untrimmed weed across Norcal with every busta cop for 400 miles primed for harvest season and on the lookout for out of state plates/suspicious autos. You made it. You're the cartel so you don't need the traveling circus of lesbian trim teams that can bank a pound per day per person. You can just throw free cartel labor at the problem for half the efficiency. Off to market to compete with licensed growers using premium soil, perfectly ph'd water, fences and guard dogs for the critters, foliar feeding every day and sleeping under a roof every night. No dispensaries are gonna buy it, even if they wanted to risk their licensee for some mid-grade outdoor the spectrometer doesn't lie, you've got bugs, residual fertilizer, powdery mildew, mold at 1 part per billion. East of the Missisip is where you want to be, and at this point you start to wonder why you didnt Just Smuggle In Mexican Indoor?!