SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS (CBS) — Authorities have completed the removal of over 3,500 marijuana plants growing on National Park lands in the Santa Monica Mountains.
According to a press release, the marijuana grow site, spanning 9.6 acres, was found in late June. Park officials began removing the plants two weeks ago. Officials said water from a local creek was being diverted to irrigate the grow. Herbicides, pesticides, rodent fencing, two miles of plastic water hose, and fertilizer were all also found at the site.
“Marijuana cultivation is a serious and rising problem in the Santa Monica Mountains and other park lands across the country,” said park superintendent Woody Smeck.
The environmental damage and clean up of the marijuana grow was estimated at nearly $120,000.
Authorities did not announce the arrest of any suspects or additional details.