Hiker's tip leads to massive pot bust

A hiker in Wallace Canyon stumbled onto a view that was both incredible and illegal: one of the largest outdoor marijuana grow operations in Clark County to date.

On Wednesday, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force, a group composed of cooperating Southern Nevada law enforcement agencies, responded to the hiker's tip. The result was the removal of 11,000 mature marijuana plants that were growing on four plots of land at an elevation of 8,4000 feet.

Police said the plants were between 2 and 3 feet in height and had an estimated street value of $16.5 million.

Wallace Canyon is at the edge of Clark County near the Nye County line and state Route 160.

The task force's investigation into the marijuana growing operation is ongoing.

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