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Thousands of illegal marijuana plants seized in Adams County

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 5:15 p.m.

A portion of the marijuana seized in the unincorporated town of Cunningham in Adams County on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (Adams County Sheriff’s Office)
A portion of the marijuana seized in the unincorporated town of Cunningham in Adams County on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (Adams County Sheriff’s Office)

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies served search warrants Wednesday on five illegal marijuana grows in the tiny unincorporated town of Cunningham.

Ten people were arrested, including two who were found hiding in a field by a drone, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators seized over 1,500 plants and mountains of harvested marijuana buds. Some of the marijuana was packaged and labeled with the names of intended recipients. The illegal grows were “operating with no regard to the laws established by our state,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the Richland Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement participated in the investigation.