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Tip leads authorities to largest drug bust in Nye County history

Posted: 10:09 PM, Oct 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-12 05:24:02Z
Tip leads to largest drug bust in Nye County
Tip leads to largest drug bust in Nye County
Tip leads to largest drug bust in Nye County
Tip leads to largest drug bust in Nye County

Nye County deputies, detectives, and other agencies including the DEA worked together to eliminate a large outdoor marijuana grow operation in northern Nye County, according to authorities. 

Nye County Sergeant Adam Tippetts said the team began working a tip and investigated the grow operation for several weeks in Peavine Canyon near Round Mountain.

During a raid on Sept. 13, nearly 9,000 plants were recovered as well as 500 pounds of finished and packaged product. 

The confiscated items had a street value estimated at well over $20 million dollars. Making this the largest drug bust in Nye County history, according to Sergeant Tippetts. 

Jordan Torres, Jose Mendez-Ayala and Eustacio Piedra-Robledo were taken into police custody in connection with the illegal grow operation.