Thousands of pot plants seized in Los Padres National Forest

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office reported seizing more than 10,000 marijuana plants in a recent series of eradication operations in the Los Padres National Forest.

Between Monday and Wednesday, the County of Monterey Marijuana Eradication Team conducted four raids on illegal pot farms scattered throughout the national forest area, which includes the Big Sur Coast and Ventana Wilderness.

Two suspects running into the surrounding forest were seen by a helicopter team, but deputies on the ground were unable to locate them.

Along with 960 pounds of processed marijuana, deputies seized irrigation tubing, fertilizers, various poisons, propane canisters, a ballistic vest and ammunition for a .45-caliber handgun, according to the sheriff’s office.

More than 3,000 pounds of trash associated with the grow sites were removed from the national forest, the sheriff’s office said.

An estimated 10,679 marijuana plants were eradicated.

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