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DEA, DPS shut down marijuana farm in west Ariz.

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WENDEN, Ariz. -

Officers with the DEA and Arizona DPS have shut down a high-tech marijuana cultivation operation near Wenden, in La Paz County.

More than 4,500 marijuana plants were destroyed. The plants ranged from 3 to 6 feet high and were located in four sections on a 1-acre site, according to the DEA.

The farm was hidden in the middle of a grove of Salt Cedar trees, near the edge of a small tributary.

Each section had its own irrigation system powered by a pump and underground watering drip system.

A security fence surrounded the area and an abandoned .22 caliber rifle was found nearby.

The bust is a result of an investigation that began in late spring.

"This eradication operation means that thousands of marijuana plants never made it into our neighborhoods," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman. "DEA will continue to support our law enforcement partners in attacking all aspects of drug trafficking and the violence that goes hand in hand with the distribution of these harmful substances."

If cultivated, the plants could have produced 400 pounds of usable marijuana -- with an estimated street value of $100,000 in Arizona and $300,000 on the east coast, according to DPS.

The agencies did not announce any arrests.

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