Big E. Oregon pot bust needs big cleanup, too



ENTERPRISE, Ore. (AP) — Cleaning up after marijuana growers who planted one of the largest operations ever raided by police in Oregon is going to take time and money.

A multi-agency law enforcement team has removed or destroyed 91,000 marijuana plants from U.S. Forest Service land in a remote mountain ravine in northeastern Oregon.

Now the cleanup has fallen to the Forest Service — including the removal of piles of trash, camping gear, 54-pound bags of chemical fertilizer, insecticides and herbicides at the site in Wallowa County.

The agency is assembling a team of specialists to assess the environmental damage and plan the cleanup — including concerns that some of the fertilizer and insecticides might be toxic and dangerous to handle.

Six men are facing federal charges in the case.