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January 29, 2015

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Authorities uproot pot farm on Mount Charleston

A Southern Nevada drug task force team removed more than $500,000 worth of marijuana plants in an outdoor raid at Lovell Canyon, about 20 miles north of State Route 159.

Metro Police officials said they discovered the grow operation after a report of suspicious activity in the area. The HITDA Task Force’s eradication team found 553 marijuana plants hidden in the forest of Mount Charleston.

Using a net and helicopter, they airlifted the marijuana out of the area.

Officials said no suspects were present at the time of the raid, but officers in helicopters reported seeing several people fleeing on foot as ground teams approached. Officers did recover evidence that could lead to future arrests, officials said.

This is the third outdoor marijuana grow discovered in Clark County this year, officials said. The task force team is made up of members from Metro Police, North Las Vegas Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and federal Bureau of Land Management.

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  1. Imagine if this kind of law enforcement went into say, I don't know, drunk driving here in the city. Imagine how many bus stop accidents we may prevent. The fact that marijuana is somehow worse than alcohol or that alcohol is something other than a drug, defies logic. This coming from someone who enjoys his booze.

  2. Doesn't take much research to discover how profoundly stupid marijuana criminal laws really are. Well over a decade ago We the people of Nevada amended our Constitution to make marijuana available for medicinal use and directed the legislature to enact those laws. That's online @

    These raids make it evident we're still waiting.

    How about doing an article on why that is, Nordli! Especially since every officer of this state -- including cops -- must first take an oath to "support, protect and defend. . .the constitution and government of the State of Nevada. . ." before doing what they were elected/hired to do. That oath is @

    "The fact that marijuana is somehow worse than alcohol or that alcohol is something other than a drug, defies logic. This coming from someone who enjoys his booze."

    sounddude -- defies more than just logic. Have a look @ the LaGuardia report @

    "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."

  3. I love when i see your name pop up KillerB. Thanks for the info about the LaGuardia report.

  4. "Thanks for the info about the LaGuardia report."

    sounddude -- what's most glaringly wrong about these raids is that 2000 amendment to our state Constitution: "1. The legislature shall provide by law for: (a) The use by a patient, upon the advice of his physician, of a plant of the genus Cannabis for the treatment or alleviation of cancer. . . . ."

    That hemp is also illegal points to how utterly stupid these laws are. I was recently turned on to raw shelled hemp seeds and now they're part of my daily diet. Yet this awesomely beneficial plant is outlawed in this "land of the free and the home of the brave"!!

    "The best hemp and the best tobacco grow on the same kind of soil." -- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)