MALIBU — Rangers who found more than 3,500 marijuana plants in Southern California national park land needed two weeks to haul away the plants and a ton of trash.

The National Parks Service said Tuesday that it’s completed the cleanup in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Authorities found the plants in late June on several plots in a remote area near Malibu. Also found were pesticides, rodent fencing, fertilizer and two miles of plastic water hose that brought irrigation water from a creek.

No arrests have been made.

Park Superintendent Woody Smeck said pot cultivation in the Santa Monica Mountains is a serious problem because it damages the local environment and costs about $12,000 an acre to clean up.

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