Officers from a sheriff's narcotics unit, the California Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency participated in the marijuana eradication operation that began at around 8 a.m., according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. A marijuana grow of approximately 10,000 plants had been located on public lands of the U.S. Forest Service in the Arroyo Seco area.
Officers found no suspects in the pot garden when it was destroyed, though several campsites were reportedly located and the case is under investigation.
The sheriff's office estimated the street value of the garden to be around $40 million.
Anyone with information regarding this or any other marijuana operation is asked to contact the Monterey County Sheriff's Office at (831) 755-3775.