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LAPD Busts Large Marijuana Grow Operation in City Park

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Hikers who stayed on trail at O'Melvany Park in Granada Hills may have never known, but just 300 yards off a main hiking trail about one mile and a half from the parking lot, $24 million worth of marijuana was being cultivated.

Police today announced the arrest of 49-year-old West Hills resident Natale Gabriele after a 10-month investigation that began with aerial photography of suspected grow sites. A tip in April led them to the park when more photos were taken. Then in July LAPD detectives took hike and found a over one hundred marijuana plants growing. Some were over 10 feet high, they said.