YAKIMA VALLEY, Wash-- While the number of drug busts may seem high, this is a good thing. It means detectives are catching up with the crooks.
Yesterday's bust in Wapato stopped approximately $20 million in marijuana from hitting the streets. Detectives say it's likely some of these marijuana operations happened last year as well, but weren't caught until this season.
The drug task force is getting better at detecting crops, with four busts in the past week and 14 men arrested. This is a collaborative effort, six different law enforcement agencies helped with last nights bust.
"This is an arrest as a result of an anonymous tip that we received that indicated that there was a marijuana cultivation grow at this location," said Sgt. Richard Beghtol, LEAD Task Force.
Now detectives have piles of marijuana stored as evidence and piles of paperwork to process. The local agency, LEAD Task Force, is being helped by the DEA at the federal level for many of these cases.
Later in August detectives will also fly over farms and vineyards to look for more marijuana grows. So far this year detectives have seized more than 100,000 plants.