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Deputies also found a shotgun and a handgun in one of the small homes on the property.

It’s the "most elaborate" illegal marijuana grow detectives have ever seen, the sheriff’s office said.

Detectives tell us a new owner took over the property in October and they’ll reach out to that person.

“We were about 1,100 feet (elevation) and about two miles away and we smelled it in the aircraft,” said a sheriff’s sergeant.

They filled a truck trailer with the marijuana from just about one-half of one of those greenhouses, so they’ll need to make several trips to an unidentified disposal site to get rid of all of it.

The pot grow was on a large property near Mendota and even though it’s mostly gone, the smell that led deputies there is still thick in the air.

Sheriff’s deputies on a routine flight between a pair of known marijuana grows sniffed out a third, much larger and more sophisticated operation.

“The natural and cultural resources in these areas are irreplaceable and invaluable, damaging them for profit shows incredible disrespect to our homeland,” Barbara Durham, Traditional Historic Preservation Officer for the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, said in a statement. The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe’s reservation is within the park.

Tucked away in a remote canyon, park rangers in Death Valley National Park stumbled across a massive, illegal marijuana grow.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The 40-acre grow was found in Jail Canyon, a rarely visited canyon on the western side of the Panamint Mountains, the National Park Service said in a news release. The area is near the border between California and Nevada.

While California legalized marijuana in 2016, it remains prohibited on federal lands. It’s not known who was cultivating the spot, but a park spokesperson told National Parks Traveler that rangers flew over the area to “photograph the extent and to (hopefully) encourage the growers to abandon the site.”

A large marijuana grow was found in Death Valley National Park in April 2021.

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No-one was found inside the house and enquiries to find those responsible are ongoing. The plants have been seized and destroyed.

The warrant was executed by the City West neighbourhood policing team.

“The electrics had been bypassed which can be extremely dangerous and will need to be fixed.

“We take drug supply and production extremely seriously as it can fuel all manner of crimes in our neighbourhood. Drug dealers also prey on the most vulnerable people in our society and lead them into a life of crime which can create so much misery for themselves and their loved ones.

Police stormed the property in Denewood Crescent, Bilborough, at 8.30am on Monday (19 July) after responding to concerns from local residents.