Giant Ganja Grove Up in Smoke

Massive pot operation discovered in San Diego County

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    A massive 51,000-plant pot garden in the Cleveland National Forest is one of the largest illegal-growth operations ever found in San Diego County, according to sheriff's deputies.

    The plants covered the size of a football field and could produce 25 to 50 tons of marijuana, with a potential street value of $300 million, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Amy Roderick said.

    A deputy spotted the field late last week in the remote mountain area south of Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

    The final plants were removed Thursday. Most of the pot will be destroyed with a portion kept as evidence.

    There have been no arrests.