Los Angeles sheriff's team finds $6.2M of pot in state park

A Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics team has found more than $6 million worth of marijuana plants growing in a state park near Newhall.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the team hiked into a remote area of Placerita Canyon State Park Thursday morning because marijuana had been grown there in the past.

The farm was being guarded by two men who ran away when sheriff's deputies approached. Deputies and a helicopter tried to find them but they escaped.

The crew confiscated irrigation and camping equipment and will destroy the plants.

Whitmore says it was the team's first major action of the outdoor marijuana growing season, which begins in March and ends in October.

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