Last week, 11,857 marijuana plants were seized by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office from the Los Padres National Forest. In addition to the plants, thirty-eight pounds of processed marijuana were also discovered.
Officials are estimating that the plants are worth almost $30 million. The processed marijuana is worth an estimated $95,000.
The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department partnered with the Campaign Against Marijuana Production task force as well as the National Forest Service over the course of several days.
They followed leads to a number of growing sites. Aside from the marijuana, officials discovered weapons, chemicals, tents, trash, and evidence of illegal poaching.
Mexican nationals are thought to be responsible for the illegal growing operations, but so far no arrests have been made.