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$20 million pot growing operation busted

Two 20-year-old men were arrested yesterday after police discovered a $20 million pot growing operation in a vineyard in the 2600 block of Midvale Road near Sunnyside.

Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) task force officials made the bust yesterday with assistance from the Upper Valley's City County Narcotics Unit (CCNU), DEA, Yakima Sheriff's Deputies and Sunnyside police.

According to a LEAD detective, the pot growing operation, one of the biggest on agricultural lands, was the result of the discovery of diverted irrigation water to the vineyard. The detective said that the pot plants consume more water than grape plants.

The pot plants, he said, were concealed in the undergrowth of the vines and growing in almost all 14-acres of the vineyard.

Approximately 30,000 pot plants were seized with a street value of $20 million.

One male arrested is from Prosser, the other from California and apparently both were living in a fifth-wheel near the vineyard.

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