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Law enforcement destroys more than $25 million of marijuana

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Authorities found more than $25 million worth of marijuana plants during a Wednesday raid of several gardens in the Stumpy Meadows area off Wentworth Springs Road. Members of various law enforcement teams raided “Mexican National” gardens, located in an area known for such illegal activity, and destroyed more than 15,000 marijuana plants found. No suspects were found. Evidence located in the gardens revealed suspects had been in the gardens as early as Wednesday morning. In one garden, evidence showed that some suspects had been armed. Participating law enforcement agencies included The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Department of Justice Campaign Against Marijuana Planting and Mountain And Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, U.S. Forest Service, Fish and Game, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. - Staff report