10,000 marijuana plants found growing north of Big Bear Lake

(San Bernardino Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

More than 10,000 illegal marijuana plants were found growing in the San Bernardino National Forest last week.

Investigators with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department discovered three large plots of marijuana growing near Marble Canyon, Arctic Canyon and East Fork Canyon, according to a news release. The area is north of Big Bear Lake and south of Lucerne Valley.

(San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

10,204 plants were seized from the area. Camping equipment and large amounts of trash were also found in the area. Those growing the crop cleared natural foliage, causing irreversible damage to the forest.

The suspects are unknown, but it is believed that members of illegal drug trafficking organizations are responsible for the marijuana grows found in the National Forest.

Anyone who discovers marijuana cultivation or has information about this incident should call the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909) 387-8400.