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Pot bust nets 26K plants on N. Calif. tribal land

Posted: August 9, 2012 9:00 p.m.
Updated: August 9, 2012 9:00 p.m.

HOOPA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have destroyed more than 26,000 marijuana plants discovered during a major pot bust on Hoopa Valley Tribal Land in Northern California.

Humboldt County officials say a sophisticated marijuana growing operation was discovered in the Mill Creek Drainage area during reconnaissance flights two weeks ago.

The Eureka Times-Standard ( ) reports about 30 officers from multiple law enforcement agencies spent several hours eradicating 26,600 plants Tuesday in the region's biggest pot bust this year.

The grow operation was discovered after biologists surveying the area for spotted owls reported hearing several shots fired.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairman Leonard Masten says the tribe is increasingly concerned by large pot grows set up by drug trafficking groups. He's worried about the impact of fertilizers and pesticides on the watershed and local salmon.


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