Late last week, narcotics detectives investigated an illegal marijuana grow in Cambria near two schools.
The pot farm was on private property on a hilltop above Coast Union high school and Cambria middle school. It was within 1,000 feet of each school.
Detectives removed 1,820 plants from the property. The owner of the land lives out of the area and was not aware of the illegal activity. Deputes responded to a report of a homeless encampment in late August, when they discovered the illegal grow. No one was located at the grow site, but two abandoned dogs were found.
The site included seven hoop houses, four large water tanks, an extensive drip irrigation system, large chemical tanks for pesticides, generators and an electrical panel to supply power. The estimated retail value of the plants is $1.9 million dollars.