CARSON CITY–Officials from Nevada’s Department of Safety this week said they’d helped to shut down two illegal marijuana grow sites with nearly 28,000 plants worth an estimated $2.8 million. The operations were on public lands in Lincoln and Nye counties.
DPS officials said the Lincoln County grow site had about 20,000 marijuana plants while the Nye County site had about 7,850.
In dismantling the sites, officials also removed living/camping structures, illegally dammed springs, about three miles of irrigation system, and an unspecified amount of Carbofuran, an illegal and lethally toxic pesticide.
Despite marijuana legalization in Nevada, its cultivation and sales are highly regulated. “These cases demonstrate that the illegal market for marijuana and other narcotics continues to threaten the safety of Nevada communities, wildlife, and public lands,” officials said in a statement.
Agencies that assisted in the operation included local, state and federal law and drug enforcement.