5,000 Pounds of Marijuana Plants Found in Topanga State Park

Photo: Courtesy California State Parks

A marijuana cultivation site in a Los Angeles area state park was raided by law enforcement Friday, yielding some 5,000 pounds of the plant, according to California State Parks. The news comes on the heels of 12 pot farm raids in Los Padres National Forest to the north.

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"The pot farm was divided into seven separate plots, each hidden in the chaparral forest, and the damage to the ecosystem was significant," stated a news release, which added that officers worked to reverse environmental damage by the farm in Topanga State Park. Over 500 pounds of equipment, camping gear, and trash were also removed.

Clues indicated recent activity at the site before the raid, but no suspects were found. Law enforcement continue to investigate.

Also:
- Video: Go Behind the Scenes in a Marijuana Site Bust
- How to Identify a Marijuana Cultivation Site, and What to Do
- The Environmental Effects of Marijuana Sites in Our Forests

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Zach Behrens is KCET's Director of News, Region and State, working on digital and on-air news products that relate to Southern California and beyond.
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