Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 | 7:30 p.m.
A Southern Nevada task force removed more than $7.4 million worth of marijuana plants from a remote area of Mount Charleston during a recent raid, Metro Police officials said today.
The farm — with nearly 4,000 mature marijuana plants — was located in rugged terrain about three miles northwest of the intersection of state routes 156 and 158. Police said they discovered the grow operation after a report of suspicious activity in the area.
Officials said no suspects were present at the time of the Tuesday morning raid.
This is the fifth outdoor grow site discovered in Clark County this year, officials said. The HITDA task force this year has removed 36,000 plants with an estimated street value of $72 million.
The task force consists of members of Metro Police, North Las Vegas Police, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.