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Hiker Leads Police to Marijuana Farm in Canyon

LAS VEGAS -- A tip from a hiker in a Clark County canyon led police to an illegal marijuana farm Wednesday, according to Metro Police.

When officers arrived at the grow operation, they found 11,000 mature marijuana plants. Officers then destroyed the plants.

The plants were found in four separate plots located about the 8,400 feet level in Wallace Canyon, near the Nye County line on State Route 160.

The plants, which were between two and three feet high, are estimated to have weighed 11,000 pounds and have a street value of $16.5 million.

The hiker came across the grow operation and alerted authorities. The police said that outdoor enthusiasts, such as hikers, should be aware of the potential for extreme violence associated with these grow operations. Those who do come across them are advised to leave the area immediately and call police.

The grow operation is one of the largest found in Clark County, the police said.