By Derrick Stanley
Law enforcement officers put nearly 12,000 mature marijuana plants through a wood chipper Monday in Curry County near the California border, Sheriff John Ward said.
An armed ground team entered the grow site as a helicopter surveyed the area from the air.
They found a camouflaged living structure and evidence of chemicals and weapons. No one was found at the site.
"It was obvious that whoever was tending to the marijuana had left prior to the eradication team arrival," Ward said
The final count amounted to 11,992 plants growing on federal forestland. Sheriff Ward said the grow is believed to belong to an organized criminal cartel.
A helicopter dropped an eradication team in the area to cut down the plants. The plants were taken out by helicopter and put through a wood chipper, Ward said.
The eradication involved personnel from the Del Norte, Calif., Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, National Parks, Yurok Police, State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, CALMMET and the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.