North County pot cleanup: After the raid lies the mess

San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s narcotics detectives, assisted by U.S. Forest Service rangers and the California Air National Guard, cleaned up a marijuana growing site Wednesday on the west side of Highway 101 near Highway 58.

The site was raided by law enforcement in August, and 7,000 marijuana plants were uprooted. On Wednesday, debris such as plastic irrigation pipes and garbage left behind by the growers was removed with the assistance of an Air National Guard helicopter. “Mexican national drug trafficking operation grows do intense environmental damage,” Detective Greg Beuer said. “We have to go back after the harvest season to the larger Forest Service areas and do the cleanup when we have time and assets available.”

— AnnMarie Cornejo