Nearly $3 million worth of marijuana plants destroyed in eastern Arizona
CIBECUE, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) - State and local law enforcement have eradicated and destroyed thousands of marijuana plants that were found on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a DPS helicopter crew spotted the illegal crop south of Cibecue on August 19. The White Mountain Apache Tribe Police Department also received a report that two armed men confronted a tribal member near the illegal crop.
A multi-agency team was then put together to hike to the cultivation site. That's where they uprooted 2,413 marijuana plants and bundled them into large bushels. The DPS helicopter crew made multiple trips to carry the bushels to a designated area. Firefighters then set the illegal plants on fire and destroyed them, DPS said. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $2,894,400.