A mega-sized marijuana garden was busted near the Smartsville area. According to Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal Narcotics Task Force members spotted the garden from a helicopter on June 30th. The garden was located off of Hatchet Creek Road.
The sheriff says that additional items were located in the gardens.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife is involved with the investigation as a result of the dead animals. Water was being diverted from Hatchet Creek to the plants.
Officers also located what appeared to be multiple campsites in the garden.
The sheriff says that the entire growing operation is indicative of a new trend in the area.
Sheriff Royal indicates that evidence located at the grow sites and encampments has developed leads to identify the growers.