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Mount Charleston Raid Yields Marijuana Worth $23.4M

August 26, 2011

Federal forest agents and Las Vegas-area police say they removed more than $23.4 million worth of marijuana plants from a Nevada mountainside in one of the first reported cases of outdoor pot farms in the Silver State.

Authorities said Thursday the raid removed nearly 4,700 marijuana plants from Mount Charleston, about 45 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas.

No suspects were found and no arrests were made during the Wednesday operation.

Illegal marijuana farms have been found on public land in California and other states. But authorities say they were unheard of in Nevada’s desert landscape until recently.

Officials say the grove on Mount Charleston was spotted several months ago when officials were airlifting an injured hiker.


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