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Nearly 12,000 marijuana plants found at suspected cartel grow site in S. Oregon

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CURRY COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A massive marijuana growing operation believed to be connected to a drug cartel was discovered on federal forest lands in southern Oregon.

The grow site was found in a very remote area of Curry County. It was first spotted by a helicopter last week.

On Monday, crews from multiple agencies began eradicating nearly 12,000 mature marijuana plants.

The crews were brought to the site by helicopter. The workers cut down the plants, which were hauled back to a landing zone by helicopter.

The plants were then destroyed in a wood chipper.

Prior to crews arriving to remove the plants, an armed ground team cleared the area to make sure it was safe.

Investigators said a camouflaged makeshift living structure was found, along with evidence of weapons and chemicals at the grow site.

Deputies said no suspects were found, but it was obvious someone was tending to the operation and had left the site prior to crews arriving.

Investigators said the site was just across from the California border, where another large marijuana garden was located.

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