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    $201-million marijuana grow seized in Los Padres National Forest

    $201-million marijuana grow seized in Los Padres National Forest

    Ventura County sheriff's investigators discovered a large-scale, complex marijuana grow near Lake Piru. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)


    Investigators seize marijuana plants worth $201 million
    More than 50,000 marijuana plants were found hidden in canyons near Lake Piru

    Large-scale marijuana grow is likely connected to Mexican cartels operating in California, authorities say

    Ventura County sheriff's deputies found a $201-million marijuana grow operation hidden in canyons north of Lake Piru in the Los Padres National Forest, authorities said Wednesday.

    More than 50,000 pot plants, stretching over a mile and into several canyons, were discovered Friday during a reconnaissance flight for drugs, said officials with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

    It's a dangerous situation.- Capt. Don Aguilar, Ventura County Sheriff's Department, on a massive marijuana operation that may have been run by a Mexican cartel

    The operation is one of the largest single grows the department has ever busted, said Capt. Don Aguilar. Investigators believe six to eight suspects were camping at the cultivation site but fled when authorities arrived.

    They left several hundreds of pounds of fertilizer, rat poisons, herbicides and "mountains of trash," according to a department statement.

    Water appeared to have been diverted from several natural springs to hand-dug reservoirs. Several miles of irrigation hose was then used to water the plants throughout the canyons.

    The growers apparently added fertilizer to the reservoirs, which sheriff's officials said prevents water from flowing to native plants and makes it unsafe for animals and humans to drink.

    Investigators removed the plants and burned them at a separate location.

    The large-scale, complex marijuana operation appears to be connected to Mexican cartels operating in California, Aguilar said.

    In marijuana grows operated by cartels, growers typically use harsh chemicals and establish living quarters at the cultivation site, he said.

    The grows typically start in late April.

    Growers are armed with guns and have to tend the crops for several months.

    "It's a dangerous situation," Aguilar said.

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    To reduce the danger send some armed drones ahead of law enforcement , Oh excuse me, those are for use against Americans, the President would never do that to an alien invader, especially one from south of the border. Shame on me, expecting laws to be rigorously enforced in the USA by officials of the USA

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