Task Force Shows Off Pot Haul

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    About $1.5 million of marijuana was eradicated from five grow  sites found in isolated spots in San Mateo County through an annual marijuana  eradication operation, San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force officials said  Monday.

     The sites containing a total of 5,070 marijuana plants growing in  various stages were found in secluded areas in the San Francisco watershed  and Skyline Ridge Open Space area, officials said.

     Suspects maintaining the grows were not found, but at the sites  officials found what they called sophisticated irrigation systems and  campsites. At two of the grow sites officials found sleeping bags, hammocks  and food. At another area a loaded .22 caliber rifle was found, officials  said.

     The annual operation was a multi-agency effort that included the  California Department of Justice, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and San  Francisco Water Department.