Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee announced on Aug. 11 and 12 his office, along with the assistance of other agencies, raided and eradicated several large outdoor marijuana grows in the remote mountains of central Lincoln County.

Following several weeks of investigation conducted by multiple agencies, Lee said the grows were raided by over 50 officers from the following agencies: Lincoln County, White Pine County, Las Vegas Metro, Nevada National Guard, BLM, Forest Service, Eastern Nevada Narcotics Task force, Drug Enforcement Administration, Henderson Police, North Las Vegas Police, and the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division. 

The raid eradicated over 6,000 plants in seven separate gardens. Two firearms and other evidence were recovered in the area, but no suspects were taken into custody. The firearms and other evidence will be analyzed in the coming days as the investigation continues. Lee reported one officer was slightly injured navigating the rugged and remote terrain.

Outdoor marijuana grows continue to be a problem in states all over the west, Lee noted. Law Enforcement asks the public to be cautious if coming across items such as small plastic piping, food and garbage, tents and camps in very remote areas, areas that seem to be quite out of place for such things. “If anyone from the public comes across what they believe may be a grow site,” he said,  “leave the area immediately and report this to your local Law Enforcement Agency.”