Narcotics officers destroy 14,000 pot plants

August 21, 2010 4:44:37 PM PDT
Narcotics officers on Wednesday destroyed two marijuana gardens in unincorporated Monterey County that contained approximately 14,000 plants, according to the sheriff's office.

The gardens were discovered west of River Road near Chualar River Road, according to the sheriff's office. Campsites were also discovered, though no suspects were present when officers arrived.

A sheriff's narcotics team, a County of Monterey Marijuana Eradication Team, a Salinas police narcotics unit and the California Highway Patrol participated in the operation.

With the street value of a mature marijuana plant to be about $2,000, the 14,000 plants destroyed were worth nearly $28 million.

Anyone with information regarding this particular marijuana grow operation or any other marijuana-related cases is urged to call the county eradication team at (831) 755-3835 or (831) 755-3950.