Originally on KVAL News.
Law enforcement put nearly 12,000 mature marijuana plants through a wood chipper Monday while dismantling a grow operation found in a remote corner of Curry County near the California border, Sheriff John Ward said.
A helicopter surveyed the area from the air, and an armed ground team entered the grow first to make sure the area was safe, Ward said.
They found a camouflaged living structure and evidence of weapons and chemicals.
The 11,992 plants were found on federal forestland. The grow is believed to belong to an organized criminal cartel, the sheriff said.
A helicopter dropped an eradication team in the area to cut down the plants. The plants were hauled back out by helicopter and put through a wood chipper, Ward said.