Kings County farmer finds marijuana in cornfield

The Fresno BeeJune 26, 2014 

Kings County deputies, acting on a farmer's tip, raided this marijuana garden planted among corn plants near Hanford on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

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Kings County deputies raided a cornfield southwest of Hanford and found thousands of marijuana plants growing between rows.

Twenty-three people were detained and cited to appear for participating in marijuana cultivation, the Kings County Sheriff's Department said.

The raid at 14th and Idaho avenues took place about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

A farmer tipped the department's agricultural crimes unit after spotting marijuana in a field of poorly maintained corn that didn't conceal the marijuana well, the sheriff's department said.

The size of plants ranged from small to medium. A "complex watering system" was found, the department said.

Investigators are still finding out who leased the property and if they knew about the marijuana.

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