BLM removes 700 lbs. garbage from Nevada pot farm

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Updated: 6/23 6:22 am

WELLS, Nev. (AP) — Nabbing the bad guys was only part of the challenge facing federal officials who shut down an illegal marijuana garden growing on U.S. rangeland in remote wilderness in northeast Nevada's Snake Mountains.

The Bureau of Land Management says the drug traffickers left behind a makeshift campground filled with garbage and caused an estimated $60,000 worth of resource damage to an aspen grove about 50 miles west of the Utah line.

Last week, the trash was removed and the area restored thanks to four volunteers from BLM who gathered up more than 700 pounds of debris. On Thursday, a helicopter crew airlifted the refuse out of the area north of Wells in the Taylor Creek drainage near Stormy Peak.

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