Pot Farm Discovered In Topanga State Park
Posted by Melissa Simon on Aug 21, 2013 - 3:39:48 PM
TOPANGA CANYON—California State Park rangers discovered a pot farm while on patrol on August 9 in Topanga State Park and seized nearly 5,000 pounds of marijuana.
During a raid of the farm, a team of officers removed the mature marijuana plants and estimated the value of the pot at $2.5 million, according to a statement. The National Park Service, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department assisted the park rangers during the raid.
Park Rangers loading marijuana plants for removal. Photo credit: California State Parks
The team also removed more than 500 pounds of trash, camping gear and cultivation equipment from the site.
“The pot farm was divided into seven separate plots, each hidden in the chaparral forest, and the damage to the ecosystem was significant,” read the statement released August 12 by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Craig Sap, Superintendent of California State Parks Angeles District, said illegal farms go in significant portions of land are cleared in order to plant the seeds.
“They use fertilizers that end up in the watershed and poisons that kill the surrounding wildlife and divert water sources,” he said. “The Rangers remove bags of trash, left over fertilizer and poison and the many hundreds of feet of irrigation tubing that crisscross the area.”
Topanga State Park is an 11,000-acre area of the Santa Monica Mountains and is considered the world’s largest wildland within a major city’s boundaries.
No suspects have been arrested and the investigation is still ongoing. The public is being encouraged to report any pot farms or suspicious activity immediately by calling 911.