Authorities uprooted about 2,000 marijuana plants valued as much as $4.5 million at a west Fresno County ranch — the second time in three years that law enforcement officials found mass amounts of marijuana growing on the property.
Detectives from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Team discovered the marijuana garden Friday in the area of Clarkson and Derrick avenues in Three Rocks, south of Mendota.
Tony Botti, spokesman with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, said about 1,500 plants were found growing in 10 greenhouses. In addition, authorities found 500 harvested plants hanging in two nearby sheds, Botti said.
The farm was empty at the time of the raid, but detectives noticed the plants had recently been watered. Botti said detectives also found several roosters in cages and pieces of sheet metal that were used to to extend the property’s fence line height to help conceal the garden. No arrests were made on Friday afternoon.
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Authorities had previously discovered a marijuana growing operation at the farm, located north of Interstate 5, in summer 2012. The property owners face a fine of up to $2 million for allowing the operation to take place on the grounds.