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Hiker’s tip leads to outdoor pot grow operation discovery

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Updated: 7/27/2012 10:32 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The DEA was involved in shutting down another major marijuana grow operation on Mount Charleston.

Officials with the Nevada High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area confirm about 11,000 marijuana plants were found Wednesday growing on the back side of the mountain.

It is one of the largest outdoor grow operations ever found in Clark County. Its estimated street value is around $16.5 million.

Narcotics officers have shut down several grow operations on the mountain in the past year. Metro has focused on training its search and rescue officers to spot the grows from the air.

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