$4 million Hinckley-area pot growing operation destroyed; Mexican involvement suspected

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Talk about a buzzkill -- authorities plan to burn the more than 5,500 pot plants they seized yesterday (if they don't give the grass away to Occupy protesters first).
Some would say it's nothing to celebrate, but yesterday, law enforcement officials, including Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones, trumpeted the destruction of a $4 million-plus pot growing operation on patches of wooded land covering more than 40 acres on the Mille Lacs Reservation just east of Hinckley.

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The DEA says more than 5,500 pot plants with a street value of $4.1 million were destroyed during a joint operation conducted around 3:30 a.m. yesterday by about 100 local, state, and federal officials.

According to the Star Tribune, no suspects were arrested during the raid, but officials believe at least six Mexican nationals were involved in the grow-op. The ownership status of the property wasn't immediately clear.

Tents, tarps, a small kitchen, and a rudimentary irrigation system were also found on the property.

Red Rock Radio reporter Jesse Logan accompanied law enforcement during the raid. He later told Fox 9 the grow-op appeared to be the work of professionals.

"They thinned out the trees in that area so that enough light would come in," Logan said. "They still had tree cover so that people couldn't see what was going on from above."

U.S. Attorney Jones told reporters that the focus of the bust was "to locate, document, and destroy these plants before they could be harvested and enter the illicit drug market." So if grass prices go up, you'll know who to blame.

Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole told Fox the scale of the grow operation was unlike anything he's seen.

"As far as outdoor goes, we find one once in a while -- nowhere near this size," he said.

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Gregory Martin
Gregory Martin

I say torch that Mexican dirt weed. Support local and support quality.

Cale Price
Cale Price

While I am super pro weed and legalizing/medical, this isn't a bad thing. The Mexican Cartels are NOT a good thing for this movement. When they move into an area, they bring a whole lot of violence with them as well. We are seeing a lot of this in the Portland area, as well as Southern Oregon. Not only do they bring violence with them, they start destroying out national forests. Their grow ops have a HUGE impact on the environment. All of this gives a very bad impression of Marijuana users and growers to the uninformed public.

bubblegumg
bubblegumg

While I am super pro weed and legalizing/medical, this isn't a bad thing.  The Mexican Cartels are NOT a good thing for this movement.  When they move into an area, they bring a whole lot of violence with them as well.  We are seeing a lot of this in the Portland area, as well as Southern Oregon.  

Not only do they bring violence with them, they start destroying out national forests.  Their grow ops have a HUGE impact on the environment.  

All of this gives a very bad impression of Marijuana users and growers to the uninformed public.

Steve Rasmussen
Steve Rasmussen

What a waste.........the least thing they could have done is solded it to the states where it's legal.

Nathan David Teegarden
Nathan David Teegarden

If you do the math the $4 million claim doesn't add up, unless it's really, really good weed. Weed grown outdoors in Minnesota doesn't command prices like that. I suspect the cops are exaggerating, as usual.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

Also, dollars to doughnuts some of that product won't find it's way to the evidence room (nor did it go up in smoke....yet).

Rick Ehman
Rick Ehman

Burning money. Unless you work at the casino, I'm guessing that growing the devil's cabbage would be the only way to make a decent living up there... or you could work at a fast food restaurant. They pay a living wage, right???

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

Didn't Hinkley learn their lesson about fires?

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Those Mexicans are taking over lower Canadia. They took 'er jobs!! If you don't like the colonies you can get out!!

j.reiter
j.reiter

The DEA said that they destroyed 5500 plants worth $4.1 Million?  $745 a plant for ditchweed is pretty laughable, My guess is that they came across some swampland that was unintentionally Johnny Appleseeded by a hunter cleaning his pot in the woods. 

Regardless, no one is going to buy outdoor grown Minnesota marijuana when California and Colorado growers are producing greenhouse grown, medical grade, hydroponic marijuana and exporting it across the nation.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

Awesome, now the exact same methods the cartels are using across the west coast to grow are being implemented in beautiful MN.


TC4L
TC4L

Job opportunity for another person to grow.  No matter what efforts are taken, weed will always be readily available. Over 30 years of harsh prohibition and decades prior of minor prohibition has proven that.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@j.reiter its not ditchweed fool - you know little - are you saying mexicans cannot work as hard as americans?

end users dont know or care of the place origin.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@TC4L Over 70 years - 1937 to be exact. And that was initially just to go after the black population.

j.reiter
j.reiter

Gawd.. does everything have to go back to racism with you?  You are so mentally diseased that it infects every conversation you have. 

Did I say or imply anything about Mexicans being bad farmers!? It's the climate that makes Minnesota a crappy place to grow weed dummy.

j.reiter
j.reiter

"Their" land; lol - I guess if we are going to bring back the entire concept of 'Right of Conquest,' we all know what happens when the world pushes the Germans and Nordics accept that concept.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @j.reiter I know the Mexicans are still upset about the US stealing their land and destroying their enviroment too. But they're taking it back one new Mexican baby at a time. And you can't stop it...

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@j.reiter the climate is actually ideal for growing weed - just shorter season. 

i am more upset that mexicans feel they can take over our national parks and destroy the environment with their invasive grow ops. In CA they shoot at anyone near there ops

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