Large marijuana garden cut down near Colfax

Garden had 16,721 plants
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A marijuana garden, containing 16,721 plants, was cut down by Placer County Sheriff's Office detectives Wednesday northeast of Colfax. 

The illegal grow was discovered by detectives during a helicopter surveillance mission. The plants were growing on a large plot of private property that borders Bureau of Land Management land at Secret Ravine, according to a press release issued Friday morning by the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

Because of possible booby traps, the Placer County Special Enforcement Team (SET) was utilized to secure the remote scene. As detectives and the SET team arrived at the garden, a Hispanic male allegedly fled on foot and was not apprehended. A handgun was recovered from the scene.

After the plants were cut down, they were loaded into cargo nets and flown out of the remote location by the Sheriff's Office helicopter.