Over $17 million worth of pot seized
from Los Padres National Forest
By Anna Molin, Bay City News Service
September 26, 2006
Monterey County sheriff's deputies eradicated three marijuana
gardens nestled in the Los Padres National Forest east of Carmel
Valley on Monday, seizing more than $17 million worth of plants
and packaged pot.
Pounds of processed weed as well as 1,440 marijuana plants were
confiscated and destroyed after being flown out of the remote
According to the sheriff's office, several people were seen running
from the grounds as law enforcement personnel flew into the area.
Ground personnel failed to locate them and the suspects escaped.
Sheriff's deputies also found growing tools, including fertilizers
and pesticides, adjacent to a campsite.
Sheriff's narcotics detectives, the Monterey County Marijuana
Eradication Team, special agents with the state Department of
Justice Campaign Against Marijuana Planting and members of the
U.S. Forest Service conducted the operation.
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