Tribal Police seize estimated $8.5 million in marijuana plants near Keller
KELLER – In a joint effort, Colville Tribal Police, with assistance from Northwest Drug Task Force, U.S. Border Patrol, Tribal Natural Resources Enforcement and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, seized 8,500 marijuana plants at a grow-op in a densely forested campsite here Wednesday.
The plants held an estimated street value of $8.5 million and was consistent with operations run by a “vast Mexican network” and was “difficult to detect,” officials said in a press release to the Tribal Tribune.
“Grows like this cause damage to our tribal lands,” an unnamed police department spokesman said. “In this case, sophisticated water lines threatened our natural water flow.