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Football field-size marijuana grow found in hills above San Luis Obispo

Some of the 7,406 marijuana plants found in the Los Padres National Forest in San Luis Obispo.
Some of the 7,406 marijuana plants found in the Los Padres National Forest in San Luis Obispo.

A football field-sized grow of marijuana plants was discovered in Los Padres National Forest in northern San Luis Obispo on Wednesday during a military training exercise.

The 7,406 plants, which were found at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday during a Camp San Luis Obispo training exercise, were later destroyed by the county Sheriff’s Office, according to a department news release.

The plants were found near TV Tower Road, in a rugged area of the national forest north of the California Men’s Colony, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla said.

The Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit was dispatched to the scene and investigators believe the evidence indicates the grow was part of a Mexican national cultivation operation. All but two plants were immature, the news release said.

The marijuana was removed and destroyed “in a legally prescribed manner,” Cipolla said.

No arrests have been made.

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