$3 million marijuana grow removed from San Jacinto mountains

Mount San Jacinto in Southern California seen from the north (Wikimedia)

Nearly 3,700 marijuana plants were removed from US Forest Service lands north of Lake Fulmor in the San Jacinto Mountains by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Extraction Team.

It took officials nearly 6,000 hours to remove the plants from the area on August 30, according to the Iyllwild Town Crier. The plants had a value of about $3 million.

No arrests were made, but multiple sleeping bags and cots were found in the camp, which was identified earlier this summer using air reconnaissance.

Officials noted the presence of carbofuran at the camp, a highly toxic pesticide that has detrimental effects on wildlife and humans.