MONTECITO, Calif. - Authorities found about 7,000 marijuana plants during an eradication operation in the Romero Canyon area of Montecito last week.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies say they first spotted the illegal grow by helicopter in Romero Canyon. While there, they discovered another marijuana grove just a few miles away.
Authorities arrived at the location early Friday morning and saw the two suspects, who quickly ran away from the scene.
Along with pot plants, officials also found a significant amount of trash and irrigation supplies, including toxic chemicals they say are harmful to the environment and nearby wildlife. Deputies removed 1,300 pounds of material by helicopter.
If anyone sees any suspicious drug activity in the area, you are urged to call authorities.
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