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DEA Investigating $80.5 Million Marijuana Grow In Idaho

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GRACE, Idaho (AP) - A sophisticated marijuana growing operation raided in southeastern Idaho is much larger than initially reported.
    
During a news conference Wednesday, law enforcement officers said the grow site contained an estimated 40,000 plants worth an estimated street value of $80.5 million. A day earlier, Caribou County officials said the site had more than 10,000 plants with a street value of over $20 million.
    
The grow site is in the mountains south of Grace in Caribou County just feet outside the Bannock County line at an elevation of 7,000 feet.
    
KIFI-TV reports Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen said he has "no doubt" the sophisticated operation has connection to a Mexican drug cartel.
    
Officers said the site is several years old. They seized miles of irrigation pipe and 1,000 pounds of fertilizer.

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