Law enforcement pulls 8,600-plus marijuana plants in Friday bust |

Law enforcement pulls 8,600-plus marijuana plants in Friday bust

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Narcotics officers destroyed a large marijuana garden Friday in the first major outdoor operation of the year.

A total of 13 officers from Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service found a large marijuana garden composed of three, terraced seed beds on Tahoe National Forest property between Graniteville and the Town of Washington in eastern Nevada County Friday, said Sheriff Keith Royal.

It wasn’t immediately clear exactly where the garden was, officials from both the Sheriff’s Office and National Forest said Friday afternoon.

Officers pulled 8,625 plants, which were still young as it is early in the growing season, Royal said.

No arrests were made at the scene, which was deserted by the grower of the garden, Royal said.

Debris left at the scene was consistent with Mexican drug organizations, Royal said, adding such organizations are also known to use public lands.

As of yet there are no suspects in the grow, and the people tending the garden may have been tending another garden in the area when officers arrived, he added.

Generally, about two to three people would tend such a garden, Royal added.

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