Succulent poachers are snatching up plants that grow on Northern California's coast and shipping them overseas where they fetch up to 50 dollars a plant. The one everyone seems to want is the Dudleya Farinosa which grows only on the Northern California and Oregon coastline. Three South Korean men were recently caught with $600 thousand dollars in Dudleya Farinosa. They flew into LAX, rented vans and made repeated trips to northern California parks where wild life detectives saw them stuffing the plants into bags.
Poaching plants is considered a misdemeanor and carries a $1,000 fine per incident and a maximum penalty of six months of jail time. Right now the succulents are very popular in Korea, China and Japan.