Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 7:38 p.m.
Pot operation found
A tip from a hiker walking near Wallace Canyon led to the discovery of one of the largest outdoor marijuana grow operations in Clark County on Wednesday, Metro Police officials said.
Officials said the hiker alerted police after he came across four plots of marijuana plants near the 8,400-foot level of the canyon located on State Route 160. Officers from a drug-trafficking task force removed the plants, which could have produced more than 11,000 pounds of marijuana and was worth an estimated $16.5 million, officials said.
Officials said investigation into the pot operation is ongoing.
The task force, part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas federal program, is a combination of law enforcement officers from Metro Police, Henderson Police and North Las Vegas police departments, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Forest Service.