WASHINGTON COUNTY – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and additional law enforcement agencies raided a marijuana grow early Friday morning.
The Washington County Metro SWAT team and agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Forest Service, Utah Highway Patrol and Washington County Area Drug and Task Force raided a marijuana farm in the Browse area, located four miles west of Interstate 15 near milepost 30 Friday.
Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher said his agency and others had been searching for the farm for three years, but had little success until now, when the grow was discovered by a helicopter flyover. DEA agents said the marijuana grower became greedy and planted an extra plot that lacked significant aerial cover, thus allowing the helicopter to spot it.
The discovery and subsequent raid resulted in the removal of approximately 3,600 marijuana plants. About 60 individuals assisted in the eradication, as well at the clean up and removal of the trash let at the site.
Members of the media were allowed to accompany law enforcement on the raid. Escorted by the SWAT team, it took the group five hours to hike into the area where the farm was located in the little-accessed area of the Browse where hunters and the public rarely venture.
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