On September 3rd, rangers responded to a request for assistance from a San Benito County Sheriff's Department deputy who had observed two drug traffickers cultivating a marijuana garden on a nearby ranch. Ranger Jason Gigliotti joined the deputy and confirmed his observation. Ranger Mike Brindeiro then arrived and secured the area with the assistance of a California Fish and Game warden. Two people who were in the plantation fled upon the officers’ arrival. The gardens contained about 1500 plants and a processing station with several bags full of processed marijuana. An intensive search for the two suspects was conducted, but neither was found.