Details Released After Big Marijuana Bust In Burley


By Joey Martin

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) On Wednesday afternoon the Mini–Cassia Drug Task Force identified a massive marijuana grow in southern Cassia County.

And this morning the detail behind the bust were released.

On Wednesday morning, the D.E.A provided the Mini–Cassia Drug Task Force the use of a helicopter for a random search.

Once airborne, the task force was able to clearly identify multiple marijuana grows near the foothills of southern Cassia County.

"They contacted units on the ground and we got a team together and we went into the corn fields and found the marijuana plants."
Said Cassia County Sheriff, Jay Heward.

And once the marijuana plants were located.

The numbers... Were staggering.

"We took out 4,620 plants with a street value of about 13.8 million dollars and they're back out there today to see if they can find more plants."
Said Heward.

And with a street value of almost 14 million dollars. This is one of the largest marijuana busts that the county has seen in many years.

"So far... in the 12 years that I've been here in Cassia this is the largest here, that I'm aware of."

And unlike other bust during this time of the year, these plants were spread out over many locations.

"We had 3 different fields with a total of 18 plots."

As for the owner of the fields, his frustration was clearly visible to law enforcement officials.

"he had no idea and was so frustrated with it that yesterday he made arraignments to go up on his own today and fly the rest of his corn fields to make sure that he didn't have any other marijuana grows growing in his other corn. He was very concerned."
Said Heward.

As for a possible suspect?

"We don't right now, but the investigation is continuing and were optimistic that maybe we can gain some suspects down the road."

Even thought the Sheriff’s Office does not have a suspect, the timing for the bust was almost perfect.

That because the harvest was right around the corner.

"Probably within a week... They were going to green chop the corn in 3 weeks so the harvest would have had to been between now and 3 weeks from now. And that's how close we were."

And the total count continues to climb.

According to the sheriff’s office an additional 1,214 plants have been found in the same area.

If you have any information on this case, the Cassia County sheriff's office is looking for your help.

You can directly contact the sheriff's office.

Or if you wish to remain anonymous and possibly gain a cash reward, contact crime stoppers at 878–2900.

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