Press Releases

Friday 06/17/2016 1:56 PM - Narcotics Investigation

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) (805)781-4547
Type of Incident: Narcotics Investigation
Date and Time of Incident: 6-15-16, Approximately 6:30 AM
Place of Occurrence: Los Padres National Forest, near TV Tower Road in rural San Luis Obispo
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: N/A
Details of News Release: On 6-14-16, military units affiliated with Camp San Luis Obispo were performing training exercises near the border of their property and the Los Padres National Forest, when they discovered what appeared to be a large marijuana grow. The Sheriff's Office was contacted and on 6-15-16, detectives with the Sheriff's Narcotics Unit investigated the remote, rugged location and discovered 7,406 marijuana plants spread out over an area the size of a football field. Investigators say evidence at the scene indicates this was part of a Mexican national cultivation operation. All but two of the plants were immature. This type of operation, besides being illegal, produces many environmental hazards including toxic pesticide and chemical runoff, altering the natural water flow to be used for irrigation, and generating large amounts of trash. The marijuana was destroyed in a legally prescribed manner. No arrests have been made. The investigation continues.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Friday 06/17/2016 1:56 PM