$60 million in marijuana seized from Nevada's public lands
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- U.S. Attorneys in multiple states are cracking down on marijuana operations on public lands.
Operation Mountain Sweep will target illegal marijuana growing operations on public lands through the end of the month.
States included in the sweep are Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Authorities say law enforcement officers in Nevada had seized over 30,000 marijuana plants (worth about $60 million) as of last week since Operation Mountain Sweep began on July 1.
Plants were found in four counties, including Clark County and Lincoln County.
Statistics from the Drug Enforcement Agency say seizures of marijuana plants from public lands in Nevada have tripled.
Officials are concerned not only about marijuana trafficking, but the safety and environmental issues surrounding these operations.
Thus far, Operation Mountain Sweep has collected 604,000 plants in all 7 states. That's a street value of about $1.2 billion.
Operation Mountain Sweep ends at the end of August.
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