Oroville, CA -- The Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit recently served a search warrant to a property on Lower Black Bart Road near Forbestown Road. The unit says drug traffickers were trying to hide hundreds of marijuana plants in a dense wooded area.
According to investigators, the illegal grow was spotted by aerial search operations. Spotters were able to see marijana plants grown amongst manzanita trees. They say September 20, deputies with the unit entered the property, and found the site unoccupied. They add that the site was being run by a drug trafficking organization, with people stopping by every few days to check on things.
According to a press release from the Butte County Sheriff's Office, the marijuana plants were being watered by a large storage tank, which was gravity fed by battery-powered automatic water timers.
Deputies say they eradicated 293 marijuana plants.