Keep an eye out on our coastal bluffs for this activity:
Here is the original story by Lisa Krieger, and it is more thorough, better written, and has the photos.
Smugglers Caught Trafficking Thousands Of Stolen California Succulents
“SANTA CRUZ (KPIX) – A group of people smuggling succulent plants were busted in Northern California.
Wildlife detectives from several agencies made three separate busts along the north coast in Mendocino and Humboldt counties.
Rare and native plants were pulled from the soil and shipped overseas.
It was an international smuggling ring that was trafficking not in guns or drugs, but native California succulent plants called Dudleyas.
“Pretty unusual case for us,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife Capt. Patrick Foy. “Like nothing we’ve seen before in terms of the scale and the type of poaching involved.”
California Department of Fish and Wildlife investigators busted up the ring in Humboldt and Mendocino counties, where they say poachers were scaling coastal bluffs to rip the plants out of the ground by the thousands.
They would then allegedly ship them to China and Korea where they would be sold on the black market for $40 to $50 each.”
For the rest of the article and the video, go here: