The seizure of nearly 4,670 marijuana plants in Garfield County on Tuesday is going down as the biggest bust in the county's history, according to a news release.
Garfield County Sheriff L.R. Bowles announced officers had pulled close to 4,692 plants from a remote canyon near the Snake River, in northern Garfield County. The plants, ranging from 3 to 6 feet high, can each fetch between $2,000 to $3,000 in street prices, Bowles said.
Local officers, working with the Garfield, Columbia and Walla Walla counties Drug Task Force, found the grow several weeks ago, according to the release. The area was put under surveillance, but the effort did not lead to any arrests.
A helicopter and cable were used to remove the plants from the steep canyon. Local agencies also received support from state and federal officers.
In another major bust two years ago, a grow of close to 3,300 plants was removed from the Blue Mountains south of Pomeroy, according to the release.