Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 | 10:30 p.m.
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.