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Butte County raid eradicates more than 4,000 marijuana plants

A raid on an illegal marijuana growing operation in Butte County on Tuesday netted more than 4,000 marijuana plants, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials said the marijuana grow, between Big Bend and Dark Canyon roads in the Concow area, was located in early July during aerial observations.

After deputies hiked to the site, they located several marijuana processing areas on the heavily forested land, as well as two day camps and one main kitchen/camp, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Officials said water was being diverted from a nearby creek, using drip tubing, to water the plants.

Evidence of marijuana sales was found in one of the processing areas, including digital scales, turkey oven bags and 80 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana bud, officials said. A total of 4,291 marijuana plants were eradicated from the garden.

No suspects were located.