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January 26, 2015

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Hiker discovers vast pot farm near Las Vegas

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.

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  1. It is probably part of the Mexican Narco gang product, minus smuggling costs.

  2. Good grief! Legalize it already!!!

    (And no, I don't use, I'm allergic to it.)

  3. "Good grief! Legalize it already!!!"

    boftx -- amen

    "Tobacco, hemp, flax and cotton, are staple commodities." -- from Thomas Jefferson "The Works," vol. 3 (Notes on Virginia I, Correspondence 1780-1782), "A Notice Of The Mines And Other Subterraneous Riches; Its Trees, Plants, Fruits, &C."

  4. Seriously, mind your business hiker dude.

    and boftx... just take an allergy pill before and your good to go.

  5. @boftx...

    "No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze
    And then it makes it hard to find the door."

    (Hoyt Axton, 'No No Song')

  6. Lucky no one was guarding it. The hiker would probably have ended up as fertilizer for the crop.

  7. "They dug and the burned til they killed all our cute little weeds. Then they drove away. We just smiled and waved, sitting there on that sack of seeds."

    Jim Stafford "The Wildwood Flower"

    Someday they'll get it all.

  8. Goody Two Shoes Hiker.

    How much you want to bet Hiker Dude confiscated some of the plants for himself and THEN called authorities?

  9. Another $16 million in lost revenue for Vegas. We could eliminate the cities shortfall with grass alone. Best cash crop in the world.

  10. My cousin and his wife got busted with six big plants in his back yard in Garden Grove, CA early 70s. The cops dug up the plants, bagged them and left them in the garage when they left. They were so busy looking at his wife and his motorcycle they forgot them. They posted bail, came home and got Hi -i-i-i-i- before they destroyed them. Lacking the evidence they lost, they plea bargained them down to a fine and suspended sentence. Cost him 5K for the attorney plus fine and court costs. He also lost his job and as a result the house. They moved to PA and bought a farm in the sticks. Guess what they started growing right after the last frost?

  11. ...what an irrelevant story