Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies seized more than 5,000 marijuana plants worth approximately $5 million from an acre of property outside of Watsonville on Wednesday. The sheriff’s office says that the plants, which were seized near the 1000 block of Hecker Pass Road, had been terraced over an area fenced off with mesh and netting. Deputies came across a camp with shotgun rounds, rat poison, pesticides and other debris in the illegal garden, but the suspects were not on the site when the plants were seized. According to the sheriff’s office, the grow matched the work of a drug trafficking organization. Agents from the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement assisted deputies in the seizure.
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