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OC deputies find thousands of pot plants in park

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Orange County sheriff's deputies have found at least 2,500 marijuana plants growing in a steep area of a county wilderness park.

Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said Friday that the plants were detected several weeks ago in Laguna Wilderness Park by parks officials and deputies were monitoring the site to determine who might be responsible.

He says two dozen investigators and deputies hiked in Friday to remove the plants with assistance from a low-flying helicopter that will hoist up the evidence and carry it to a separate location for processing. Investigators estimate there are between 2,500 and 4,000 plants in the park used by hikers.

Hallock says no suspect has been identified.

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