Pot plants destroyed

Authorities seized and destroyed more than 7,400 marijuana plants found in three outdoor growing operations Wednesday and last week in the Stanislaus National Forest, the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department said.

Officials from the Tuolumne Narcotics Team, U.S. Forest Service and the state Department of Justice Campaign Against Marijuana Planting team found the marijuana gardens.

On Friday, officials found a garden north of Groveland with 1,931 marijuana plants and a garden near Cherry Oil Road with 2,431 plants. On Wednesday, officials found a garden in the Paper Cabin Ridge area with 3,090 marijuana plants.