Marijuana grow site busted near Dayton; 2,000 plants yanked

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DAYTON -- About 2,000 marijuana plants with a street value estimated at $3 million were pulled Monday from a grow site in the upper Tucannon River drainage.

A multi-agency team including the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Forest Service and the Washington State Patrol's marijuana eradication team combined efforts to pull the plants.

The garden was discovered and an arrest made when July 14 when U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers investigated a report of a possible marijuana site.

Santiago Orozco, 43, was booked into the Columbia County Jail on suspicion of alien in possession of a firearm and manufacturing marijuana.

He is being held on $150,000 bail. Orozco's last known address is in the Tri-Cities.

Last year 4,600 plants were removed from a grow in the upper Tucannon drainage.

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