Authorities raid pot-growing operation in Hinckley worth estimated $5M


Authorities raided a marijuana growing operation Wednesday near Hinckley estimated to be worth $5 million.

WCMP radio broke the news, after the station's news director accompanied the Pine County Sheriff's department and the East Central Drug Task Force "on an early morning raid," according to the station.

Fox 9 reports the stations news director says the marijuana plants were about 4 feet tall. Fox 9 also says there were an estimated 10,000 plants seized just east of Hinckley. Fox initially reported the value at $7 million, but has since changed it to $5 million.

KSTP-TV is reporting the value at $4 million, and "at least 5,000 pot plants" on 40 acres of land

Someone captured the police hauling some of it away in a video on Instagram.

Either way, that's quite a haul. How big is the bust?

WCCO reported in May about a man accused of possessing 56 pounds of marijuana worth roughly $200,000 to $350,000, calling it a "large marijuana bust."

WDAY-TV reported in March on a seizure worth a quarter of a million dollars. The station later reported that the 32 pounds of marijuana found led to a "significant arrest."

In February, the Bemidji Pioneer reported on a bust that netted about 85 plants.

In other words, the Hinckley bust is a biggie.

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