68K Pot Plants Found in California Mountains

Authorities call it a record seizure
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2011 2:49 PM CDT
Authorities in California made a record marijuana plant seizure last week in Los Padres National Forest.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Call it a pot bust with a capital "B." Authorities in California discovered the largest outdoor grow operation in Ventura County history last week: some 68,500 plants worth an estimated $205 million growing in the mountains of the Los Padres National Forest. That's not all investigators found: Several campsites used by growers were peppered throughout the area, complete with tents, propane stoves, pesticides, fertilizers, guns, ammunition, and "an enormous amount of trash."

There were also plastic tarp-lined water reservoirs dug into the hills and irrigation hoses that stretched over thousands of feet. The plants have since been eradicated, but no arrests have been made, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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