Alameda County Sheriffs busted the largest outdoor marijuana growing facility they had ever seen last Thursday. They had launched an investigation after a driver East of Sunol on Calaveras Road reported seeing a teenager wearing camouflage clothes run up a creek bed from the road a couple of weeks ago. The marijuana eradication team found 24 inter-linked pot gardens, three campsites and three make-shift kitchens in the Calaveras Road area, on land that is owned by the San Francisco Water District and feeds the Calaveras Reservoir. The team found 22,838 seedlings about 20 inches tall that were fed with a fresh water supply directly from two creeks on a ridge. Sgt. Shawn Peterson said that the plants might have grown anywhere from 6 to 8 feet tall by August. Two men in their late 20s wearing wooded camouflage were able to flee the police through heavy brush and deep ravines, one of them dropping a semi-automatic handgun on the way out.