Posted: Jun 29, 2012 8:47 PM by Associated Press
GILROY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they've uncovered thousands of marijuana plants with a street value estimated to be around $10 million during a raid of massive pot farm near a Northern California regional park.
Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza says a drug eradication team of Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County deputies and state game wardens found 3,400 marijuana plants growing in a remote area near Madonna County Park, outside of Gilroy, Thursday afternoon.
During the raid a suspect, identified as 24-year-old Alvaro Sanchez, was shot by a member of the law enforcement team. Sanchez fled into the nearby forest, but was captured later Thursday.
Sanchez was taken to a hospital, where his condition was not known. Cardoza says Sanchez has been arrested on suspicion assault with a deadly weapon and other charges.
A second suspect was also spotted at the marijuana garden, but has escaped capture.
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6/29/2012 7:25:40 PM (GMT -7:00)
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