LANCASTER, Calif. (CBS)The Sheriff's Department eradicated more than 19,000 marijuana plants at an illegal grow site in the Angeles National Forest southwest of Lancaster, deputies said in a statement Saturday.
Detectives with the sheriff's Narcotics Bureau hiked into the forest on Friday to get to the grow site, sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said.
They found a tarp-covered cooking and camping shelter, as well as fertilizers and rodent poisons that are destructive to native plants and animals.
The illegal crops, with a street value estimated at more than $39 million, were located on public forest land south of state Route N2, Parker said.
The operation on Friday was one of six eradication efforts by the Sheriff's Department on federally-managed public lands in Los Angeles County since May 21.
In the past five weeks, deputies have destroyed more than 85,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value greater than $170 million, Parker said.
Jun 26, 2010