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Man guilty of largest pot growing operation in Oregon history

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The man who federal authorities said is behind the largest marijuana growing operation in Oregon history has been found guilty.

A federal jury convicted Fredy Figueroa-Montes Tuesday.

He and five others grew more than 91,000 marijuana plants in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest.

They used more than 500 pounds of illegal rodenticides, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer to cultivate the marijuana, causing an estimated $97,000 in damage to the Wildcat Creek riparian area, authorities said.

The plants were concealed in several separate pods developed by removing trees and underbrush to camouflage the grow site, and miles of plastic irrigation tubing was found.

Investigators said this was the largest marijuana grow ever found in the state.

The other defendants previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced to various prison terms.

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