The California Department of Fish & Wildlife shut down a large illegal marijuana growing operation in the Cosumnes River Preserve, south of Elk Grove. Over 15,000 plants and 3000 pounds of processed marijuana was found.
The growing operation took place on two side by side parcels. One owned by the state and the other by the Nature Conservancy. In addition to the illegal growing operation, authorities found 3 loaded firearms and evidence of deer poaching.