Sheriff’s deputies and other law-enforcement agents uprooted 16,800 mature marijuana plants from farms in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County during a two-week search-and-destroy campaign ending last week. No arrests were made, but Sheriff’s Sgt. Erik Raney said it appeared that Mexican nationals had camped at the farms and tended them. The plants were at six separate “grows,” including four grows on Broadcast Peak. The largest single grow was at El Capitan, where the officers found 6,200 plants. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimated the plants’ retail value at $6,720,000.

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