$100M Pot Farm Destroyed in LA Park Raid
34,000 plants growing in Topanga State Park
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2012 1:59 AM CDT
Updated May 15, 2012 2:34 AM CDT
State police found 37,000 marijuana plants in back country of Topanga State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A $100 million marijuana plantation was destroyed by a police raid in Topanga State Park in Los Angeles on Friday. The 34,000-plant operation deep in the park's back country is the largest busted by cops in the Santa Monica Mountains in seven years, reports the Los Angeles Times. No one was arrested, but three men were spotted fleeing the scene. Park rangers and sheriff's deputies discovered the operation after finding a dam that was diverting water from a creek to irrigate the plants in the park, which is located entirely within LA city limits.

Police cleared out more than 500 pounds of trash left by the pot farmers, including propane tanks, batteries, fertilizer, and pesticides banned in the state. Hunting traps and a dead fox were also discovered. The operation caused extensive damage to the soil and watershed, as well as to native plants and animals that could take years to recover, said officials.

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May 18, 2012 8:33 AM CDT
lololol DEPRESSING? I think it's hilarious how the cops are still running around chasing down weed growers when we have so many other REALLY SERIOUS crime issues to contend with on a not daily, but Minute-by-Minute basis--rapes, molestations, murder,child kidnapping, your various perverts and psychos running around loose..better yet, find the mo-fo who killed my son -- now THAT was a crime and no pothead did it either! Maybe if these folks smoked a little POT they wouldn't be so violent or violent at all if i remember my '60s era correctly --LOL ----- In all my lifetime i have NEVER HEARD OF A POT SMOKER committing any violent crime...never! It's only a crime because the govt ain't making no money off of the sales--but you can see, they are slowly coming around trying to legalize it for MEDICINAL purposes...funny how they can miraculously find a right reason for a wrong thing when it pays...hmmmm no this is not depressing..it's stupid waste of taxpayers money -- go solve some REAL crime...! end of rant!
May 15, 2012 4:28 PM CDT
It's going to be interesting when weed is finally legalized in this country and we start growing it commercially. I wonder if big tobacco will have a one up on growing/manufacturing/selling it, or if newcomers will pave the way.
May 15, 2012 12:54 PM CDT
sad day