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11 pot gardens raided near Porterville

Posted: July 16, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2012 7:00 p.m.


PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — More than 106,000 marijuana plants have been cleared from gardens found in the hills above Porterville.

The Porterville Recorder on Monday reported ( ) that the Tulare County Sheriff's Department arrested four people in connection with the farms.

The department said many more fled into steep, wooded terrain and have not been caught.

The raids occurred at 11 gardens over a week and a half, and netted pot plants worth an about $319 million..

Detectives also found the body of an endangered ring-tailed cat, and evidence of a bear cub that had been shot and killed at the grow sites.

They also collected guns and ammunition, fertilizer, pesticides and rat poison.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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