Authorities raid Marijuana plantation in Arizona
Wenden, AZ, United States (4E) – A sophisticated marijuana cultivation near Wenden in La Paz County was discovered and immediately shut down by authorities early Tuesday morning, a result of an investigation that began in late spring.
The detectives from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, cooperating with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the LaPaz County Narcotics Task Force, reportedly destroyed more than 4,500 marijuana plants, which ranges from two to six feet high and were spread in four sections on a one-acre site with a security fence.
According to officials, the farm, hidden in the midst of a grove of Salt Cedar trees, had a complex irrigation system powered by a pump and underground watering drip system.
An abandoned .22 caliber rifle was also found nearby.
DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman said that the operation means that thousands of marijuana plants never made it into the neighborhoods. He added that DEA will continue to support the law enforcement partners in attacking all aspects of drug trafficking and the violence that goes hand in hand with the distribution of these harmful substances.
The plants, if cultivated, could have produced 400 pounds of usable marijuana, with a calculated street value of $100,000 in Arizona and $300,000 on the east coast.
Nobody was reported arrested during the operation.