Yosemite National Park Eradicates Mature Marijuana Site
El Portal Site Contained Over 3,600 Mature Plants
Two Mexican National males, who were in the United States illegally, were taken into custody while working the cultivation site during the raid. One of the men was armed with a loaded .45 caliber pistol concealed under his clothing. Both subjects were wearing camouflage clothing at the time of their arrest.
The marijuana plants growing in the site ranged in size from one plot of young one foot tall plants, to a mature plot that was in the process of being harvested with plants ranging from five to ten feet tall. In addition to seizing the 3,657 plants, several pounds of processed marijuana ready to be moved out of the site were also confiscated.
The grow site suffered extensive resource damage, including damage to the native vegetation and landscape. There were hose lines, fertilizers, trash and human waste throughout the area.
Both suspects are currently in custody awaiting charges to be filed.
Did You Know?
When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.