Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies on Thursday swooped down on a summer camp and popular hiking area in Los Altos Hills, spotting - and removing - 32,000 marijuana plants with a total street value of nearly $128 million.
It was the largest marijuana haul from a single garden in county history, said Special Operations Capt. Edward Perry. The last largest was in 2005 when 18,000 plants were found.
No arrests have been made in either case.
Perry said today that the Marijuana Enforcement Team got a tip about the most recently discovered plants, and spotted them from a helicopter looking down on Moody Road at Page Mill Road near Palo Alto. The land is owned by Hidden Villa, a summer camp and educational ecology non-profit, whose executive director wasn't immediately available for comment. The property owners had no knowledge of the marijuana being grown there, deputies said.