Officials from several government agencies eradicated more than 1,000 marijuana plants, worth more than $2.5 million, from the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, U.S. Forest Service officials said Thursday.
In total, 1,075 marijuana plants were removed Wednesday from what is being called a marijuana farm at Carpenter Canyon on the west side of the Spring Mountains, near Mount Charleston.
U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Judy Suing said each plant is worth an estimated $2,500.
Officials with the U.S. Forest Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Land Management, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the Metropolitan Police Department and the Nye County sheriff’s office participated in the removal of the plants.
Two suspects were spotted on the marijuana farm, but steep terrain, thick brush and low-hanging clouds allowed them to evade capture, officials said.
Wednesday’s pot plant removal was significantly smaller than one that occurred late last month on Mount Charleston in which more than 4,000 plants were removed from a 4-acre pot farm at Deer Creek between Kyle and Lee canyons. Six or seven other marijuana farms were discovered during the past few months that are slated for removal.
Anyone with information about illegal marijuana cultivation on U.S. Forest Service land is urged to call 702-515-5421 to report the activity to Forest Service law enforcement.
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