YOSEMITE — Authorities have arrested two men after a raid on a marijuana garden that straddled Yosemite National Park and a nearby national forest.
Park rangers uprooted more than 3,600 marijuana plants and seized several pounds of processed pot Tuesday.
Officials said Thursday that the rangers arrested two Mexican citizens, who were in the United States illegally, on suspicion of cultivating the garden. Authorities estimate the plants had a street value of $14.6 million.
The park says one of the men had a concealed loaded pistol. Both were wearing camouflage. The suspects' names were not released.
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Park officials say hose lines, fertilizers, trash and human waste spread throughout the site had caused extensive environmental damage.