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Deputies find pot stash in Manastash Canyon

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KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash.-- The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office made a huge marijuana bust Tuesday, hauling in a record number of plants.

In fact, it's the largest grow ever to be taken down in the county.

The Sheriff's Office is part of a statewide eradication program that's dedicated to sniffing out these marijuana farms and getting rid of them.

This latest grow was discovered on Department of Natural Resources land in the Manastash Canyon.

The eradication team used helicopters and a 5-ton military vehicle to get rid of the over 13,000 plants that were growing in the area.

The Sheriff's Office says those plants are worth about $10 million on the street, and the grow was not part of a local drug operation.

"These operations are tied back, the only people who profit from these are the drug cartels. And they finance these, they put these grows in place, and they operate them," said Undersheriff Clayton Myers.

He says they did find evidence that several people were working at this grow site, however they have not made any arrests at this time.

He says they see grow sites in Kittitas County from time to time, but this one was definitely the biggest they've ever come across.