Madera County authorities continued work Friday to clean up the remnants of a large-scale marijuana growing operation about a mile west of State Route 99, Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said.
More than 7,300 fully-grown plants valued around $1.3 million were seized from the 17-acre plot near Avenue 11 and Road 29 over an 18-hour period Wednesday.
At least 20 Madera County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MADNET) agents teamed up with several other agencies in the bust, Anderson said, which led to the questioning of six out-of-county residents responsible for the plants.
“This was a big deal, I can tell you that,” Anderson said. “It was a wide-open grow, I mean they had a couple rows of corn around the outside to try and hide it but other than that it was just sitting out there in the open.” ...