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Benton County Sheriff's Department Uncovers 5,000 Marijuana Plants

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - Benton County Deputies are busy rustling up marijuana plants today after they unveiled a whole field of pot.

The Sheriff's Department was doing an air search by helicopter when they found the field of 5,000 marijuana plants in a rural area of Benton County.

They lowered men into the field to start the removal process. Once all the plants were out, they started packaging them for disposal.

The Sheriff's Department says in the last four years the number of seized plants has gone from 900 in 2003 to 5000 and hopefully more as they continue their search.  

The Sheriff's Department is looking for two people they believe may have had a camp set up near the field. Deputies want to stress to the public that if you come across a growing operation, contact law enforcement instead of trying to investigate the area yourself.

The growers are likely to be armed.  

The street value of the latest haul totals more than 7-million dollars.

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