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Courtesy Iron County Sheriff Iron County sheriff's deputies and other local, state and federal law officers made three arrests and seized some 2,000 marijuana plants Monday during a mountain canyon raid.
Multi-agency raid eradicates Utah pot farm
Near Cedar City » Three arrested, 2,000 plants seized from Mexican cartel operation.
First Published Sep 24 2013 08:49 am • Last Updated Feb 14 2014 11:34 pm

Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower says a multi-agency raid on a remote southern Utah marijuana farm culminated in three arrests and seizure of some 2,000 pot plants.

More than 30 law enforcement officers, including sheriff’s deputies from Gower’s department and the neighboring Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, police officers from Cedar City and Parowan, Utah Highway Patrol troopers and federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents, descended on the illicit farm site Monday morning.

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The plants were uprooted from the site, about 5 miles east of Cedar City in Right Hand Canyon, air-lifted by helicopter to the Iron County Landfill and then "buried very deep," Gower said.

Gower said evidence links the marijuana farm operation, which may have been operating for two years, to Mexican drug cartel interests.

Gower credited UHP troopers for turning up initial information on the farm during traffic stops last week on Interstate 15 in Sevier County. Three people were arrested in those stops, and information generated during questioning and gathering of other unspecified evidence, planning for the raid began.

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