7,406 marijuana plants discovered in national forest
Military units stumbled upon large-scale grow operation during training exercise
–On June 14, military units affiliated with Camp San Luis Obispo were performing training exercises near the border of their property and the Los Padres National Forest, when they discovered what appeared to be a large marijuana grow.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and on June 15, and detectives with the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit investigated the remote, rugged location and discovered 7,406 marijuana plants spread out over an area the size of a football field. Investigators say evidence at the scene indicates this was part of a Mexican national cultivation operation.
All but two of the plants were immature. This type of operation, besides being illegal, produces many environmental hazards including toxic pesticide and chemical runoff, altering the natural water flow to be used for irrigation, and generating large amounts of trash, according to the sheriff. The marijuana was destroyed in a legally prescribed manner. No arrests have been made.
The investigation continues.