Marijuana-growing operation discovered in North County

San Luis Obispo County narcotics officers confiscated an estimated $40,000 worth of marijuana after an illegal growing operation was discovered Monday afternoon.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said that authorities received a report from a ranch manager in a rural area north of Highway 46 and west of Paso Robles about something suspicious on the private property.

The Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit, assisted by a CHP helicopter crew, surveyed the area and discovered what Cipolla described as a small grow of about 100 marijuana plants.

The plants, with an estimated street value of $40,000, were removed and will be destroyed.

The operation is part of an ongoing effort to eradicate illegal grows that pose fire and environmental hazards during the fire season.