Investigators find marijuana grow on 22 acres in Douglas County
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - A massive marijuana grow has been stopped in Douglas County.
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, the grow was taking place on 22 acres of tribal land. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says the warrants came as a result of an investigation involving Chinese nationals believed to be associated with organized crime.
A search Monday found 60-thousand plants growing in about 160 hoop houses. The marijuana totaled 123,900 pounds. The plants were destroyed on site and buried.
Investigators say they talked contacted and questioned 80 people. Two were arrested, one for an immigration violation and one for possession of a controlled substance that was not marijuana.
Growing marijuana is illegal on federal land and the DEA says outdoor grows like this have a heavy impact on the environment.
Several agencies took part in the operation including state and local agencies along with ICE and the EPA. The DEA said this is an ongoing investigation.
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