6,800 plants, 43 arrests in 'unprecedented' WA pot raid

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by David Krough

NWCN.com

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 6:39 PM

VANCOUVER - Dozens of indoor marijuana growing operations were targeted in raids Wednesday involving hundreds of agents, leading investigators to declare Clark County one of the biggest pot growing regions on the West Coast.

Clark and Skamania county deputies said "Operation Gang Green" began in 2009 as police became aware of several indoor marijuana grows.

Around 300 local, state, and federal officers were executing search warrants at more than 50 homes in the area Thursday. Several arrests have also been made in other states leading police to around 150 pounds of processed pot from locations in Clark County.

Investigators said as of 4 p.m. 43 arrests had been made and around 6,800 plants seized.

"The massive scale of this marijuana growing operation is staggering and unprecedented in the history of Clark County," Commander Mike Cooke of the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force said. "When viewed on a map of Clark County, it's clear that this group has made Clark County a major producer of marijuana on the West Coast."

Investigators expected to be working well into the night making several more arrests.

Map of warrants served:

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