Friday, August 14, 2009

Camas sheriff makes another pot bust

10,000 marijuana plants eradicated east of Fairfield


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Camas County authorities made another major marijuana bust this week, eradicating 10,000 plants at an illegal grow site east of Fairfield.

Camas County Sheriff Dave Sanders was still working at the remote site in the Willow Creek area on Thursday and was unavailable for comment. However, Gooding County Sheriff Shaun Gough, who assisted with the bust, confirmed Thursday that the plants were discovered and uprooted.

"We went in there yesterday, about 25 of us, and pulled all the plants," Gough said.

Gough said law enforcement officers from throughout the area and U.S. Forest Service officials assisted Camas County in destroying the crop. He said officers stacked the plants Wednesday for airlift Thursday to the Fairfield area for disposal. An Idaho National Guard helicopter was to be used to move the plants.

The large growing operation was the second found in Camas County in the past few weeks. Authorities destroyed more than 17,000 plants in late July from a growing operation found in the mountains north of Fairfield.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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