An ‘Illegal Marijuana Grow Site With $7.8M Was Busted By Nevada State Police’ Nevada State Police said it joined forces with several other agencies to conduct an eradication operation on illegal outdoor marijuana grow site that was worth an estimated $7.8 million.
Illegal Marijuana Grow Site With $7.8M Was Busted By Nevada State Police
According to a news release, the bust occurred on Sept. 18 in a remote wilderness area in Lincoln County.
The release says the operation resulted in the eradication of approximately 8,784 pounds of marijuana. which was worth an estimated $7,808,000.
According to authorities, three suspects were arrested during this investigation: Marcelino Madrigal, Antonio Madrigal, and Jesus Garcia Lopez.
According to the Nevada State Police, the three people were arrested and put into the Lincoln County Detention Center on charges of trafficking marijuana weighing more than 5,000 pounds.
After a local hunter reported to authorities in February that he thought he had accidentally entered illegal outdoor marijuana grow site while scouting in the mountains, the agency was made aware of the grow.
Authorities claim that after conducting surveillance and reconnaissance, police “found that the grow site was a historical grow site that had reactivated.”
According to the Nevada State Police, the investigation and operation ultimately resulted in the arrest of the three suspects and the seizure of the illegal marijuana.
People “working” the unlawful grow site can be a variety of people, according to Nevada State Police threat to hikers, hunters, campers, and people enjoying outdoor activities on public land, the release said.
Authorities advise those that come across a suspected illegal grow site to leave the area immediately and contact the Nevada State Police – Investigation Division at 775-684-7412, according to the release.