Crime & Justice

Pot gardens uprooted in Angeles National Forest

More than 17,000 marijuana plants have been uprooted from dozens of sites in the Angeles National Forest.

Los Angeles sheriff's Capt. Ralph Ornelas says the estimated $35 million worth of pot was being grown in remote areas of the forest by traffickers. The previously identified marijuana gardens were raided Friday.

The pot operations north of Azusa included extensive irrigation and campsites. Besides the marijuana, about 950 pounds of debris, including fertilizers, pesticides, propane tanks, food and ammunition, was hauled away.

There are no arrests.

Since May, more than 126,000 marijuana plants have been removed from public lands in Los Angeles County.


Information from: Pasadena Star-News,

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