Authorities in southern Utah round up 16,000 marijuana plants


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Jun 21, 2007
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Authorities in southern Utah say they have removed about 16,000 marijuana plants during raids on two illicit farms.

Iron County sheriff's officials say the raids began around sunrise Thursday on farms discovered 10 days earlier in remote locations about 10 miles northeast of Cedar City. Officers from Garfield and Kane counties and the Utah Highway Patrol assisted. A helicopter aided in collecting the plants.

Officials say one farm was on private land and the other in the Dixie National Forest.

Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower says no arrests have been made though supplies were found at abandoned campsites nearby. The Drug Enforcement Administration also is investigating.

A federal grand jury has indicted 21 people on drug-related charges stemming from a July 16 raid on another marijuana farm near St. George.


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