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Police have raided a huge marijuana growing operation in the mountains between Scio and Lyons that they say had a street value of over $9 million.
(ALBANY) - Police have raided a huge marijuana growing operation in the mountains between Scio and Lyons that they say had a street value of over $9 million.
Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller says members of the Linn Drug Task Force have eradicated the large outdoor marijuana operation that was discovered in a remote area.
Beginning Wednesday and continuing through Thursday, Linn County deputies, along with members of the DEA and the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Post pulled and destroyed 4,707 mature marijuana plants. They say some of the individual plants were over 12 feet tall. The plants were in the cycle of life where they produce the buds that contain the higher levels of THC. They were very close to harvest.
The estimated street value of these plants is in excess of $9,414,000 according to investigators. They say the operation was located in the mountainous area near McCully Mountain on Weyerhaeuser property.
Evidence of campsites and a watering system were discovered nearby.
The marijuana was spotted from the air by deputies during a flyover of the area. The Sheriff's Office conducts these flyover operations annually, searching for marijuana operations.
No arrests have been made at this time; however the case remains under investigation.
The Linn Drug Task Force is staffed in a cooperative agreement by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department and the Sweet Home Police Department.
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