Marijuana operation covers 1 mile in NE Ore.
Friday, June 17, 2011
ENTERPRISE, Ore. (AP) -- A marijuana growing operation that stretched about a mile in a remote ravine in the northeast corner of Oregon may turn out to be the largest that police have shut down to date.
Oregon State Police said Friday a raid in Wallowa County found more than 91,000 plants in a ravine with extensive terracing. Miles of plastic irrigation tubing was also found, along with weapons, food and supplies at campsites that could support growers for weeks.
Sgt. John Shaul of the La Grande police department is the supervisor for the Union and Wallowa County Drug Team. He described the outdoor growing operation as "staggering," with plants concealed in several separate pods developed by removing trees and underbrush to camouflage the site.
A state police spokesman said six men were arrested.