Pot raid nets $60M in plants in South Bay

August 7, 2009 12:28:44 PM PDT
Several Santa Clara County law enforcement agencies joined forces to eradicate two marijuana gardens, taking with them 20,000 plants worth an estimated $60 million.

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The two gardens were located in Palo Alto and unincorporated Santa Clara County, near Page Mill Road and in the Mid-Peninsula Open Space Area, according to Sgt. Rick Sung of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. Sung did not know the specific sizes of the gardens, but he said they were both "fairly large."

Agents from the sheriff's office marijuana eradication team, the Palo Alto police SWAT team, and the California Department of Fish and Game worked together to sweep the two gardens and remove the plants.

Officers did not make any arrests but found several unoccupied camps inside the gardens and evidence of unauthorized hunting, Sung said. The team also found two bags of ammunition and a Taser-style weapon, according to Sung.

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