FLASHBACK: Operation Green Sweep
OGS was a “two-week marijuana eradication effort that began July 29 was carried out by California National Guard and U.S. Army active-duty personnel,” under direction of the Bureau of Land Management, according to a January 26, 1991 article in the Times-Standard.
The operation was centered on BLM land but private citizens filed a class action lawsuit. The Civil Liberties Monitoring Project called it “a harassment search and destroy mission” deployed with “the old cowboy mentality.”
The Marquee at the Garberville Theater featured messages to the invading army, as seen in the photo (top center). One day it read “Green Sweep U.S.A. – Another $700 Hammer,” according to the New York Times.
Green Sweep netted a mere 1,400 plants, according to the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project. It’s a pittance compared with the 16,000 plants nabbed in this year’s “Southern Sweep,” but even that amount was criticized for requiring 450 federal agents. Humboldt County Sheriffs snuffed 10,000 plants alone just two weeks before Southern Sweep.