Further details in Boise County's largest pot bust to date
Photo: Image by Boise County Sheriff's Office
Two marijuana grows in Boise County were the largest to be eradicated from Boise County to date. Both of the grows were managed by the same dealer. The street value of the plants was estimated at 100 million dollars.
The plants were growing in two separate locations: one in the Rabbit Creek drainage where about 1500 plants were removed on Sept. 11th and another in an extremely remote section east of Lowman, in the Payette River drainage where 40,000 plants were removed on Wednesday.
The marijuana was mature and ready to harvest. An elaborate irrigation drip system utilizing miles of plastic tubing was also located in the grow area, as well as camping gear and food.
Because of the extremely rough mountainous terrain and the distance the grow site was from the road, Boise County Sheriff’s Office utilized a helicopter on contract to DEA to transport officers into the grow site. Law enforcement officers then eradicated the marijuana grow and destroyed the support equipment.
Approximately 55 sworn officers were used cut the plants down. The DEA helicopter was utilized to sling the marijuana plants from the grow sites to a designated land zone a few miles from the grow. The officers walked into the grow site in the early morning hours and then came out around 7 p.m. that evening.
A search warrant served on a residence in Caldwell, Idaho brought further evidence to light. Officers seized $68,800 dollars, 7 vehicles, and 348 lbs of processed marijuana, estimated at $800,000 dollars.
A primary suspect to the grow management was arrested by DEA.
A total of five arrests (see related article) have been made so far and further investigation into suspects responsible for the grows continues.
(Photos courtesy Boise County Sheriff's Office)