Detectives from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the LaPaz County Narcotics Task Force, discovered a large and sophisticated marijuana field near Wenden, early Tuesday morning. The bust is a result of an investigation that began in late spring.
Approximately 4,500 marijuana plants were eventually discovered and later destroyed. The field had a complex irrigation system as well as a security fence that surrounded the entire one-acre field. The plants ranged from two to five feet in height and were distributed to several locations throughout the one acre site.
The farm was hidden in the middle of a grove of Salt Cedar trees, near the edge of a small tributary.
Each section had its own irrigation system powered by a pump and underground watering drip system. A security fence surrounded the area and an abandoned .22 caliber rifle was found nearby.
“This eradication operation means that thousands of marijuana plants never made it into our neighborhoods,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman. “DEA will continue to support our law enforcement partners in attacking all aspects of drug trafficking and the violence that goes hand in hand with the distribution of these harmful substances.”
If cultivated, this field could have easily produced 400 pounds of usable marijuana with an estimated street value of $100,000 in Arizona and $300,000 on the east coast