By Steve Elliott
State and federal law enforcement said they've destroyed more than 40,000 marijuana plans and arrested five people suspected of running an illegal growing operation in two locations in Boise County, Idaho.
It was the biggest ever pot growing bust in the county, according to the Boise County Sheriff's Department, with an estimated street value of "nearly $100 million," reports The Associated Press.
The plants were found at two locations, one on public land near Rabbit Creek, where police last week arrested Jose Misael Ayala-Talavera, 19, Marcos Solano-Farias, 30, and Carlos Cerda-Carpio, 40, at a camp near the grow site. Officers also seized guns, harvested plants, irrigation equipment, food supplies and camping gear.
While looking into the Rabbit Creek grow op, the cops found out about another grow east of Lowman, Idaho, in the Payette River drainage. State, local and federal law enforcement on Wednesday removed more than 4,800 more plants from that location.
Police arrested two others during a September 13 raid of a home in Caldwell, Idaho. The suspects were identified by federal prosecutors as Juan Pablo Villasenor-Villa, 28, and Mariah D. Villasenor-Rodriquez, 21. A search of the home netted nearly $69,000 in cash, seven vehicles and 348 pounds of cannabis.
Four of those arrested were identified by federal officials as Mexican citizens.