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More than 5,500 marijuana plants seized in raid

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HINCKLEY — Federal, state and local law enforcement joined forces in raiding a marijuana field near Hinckley early Wednesday morning and seizing more than 5,500 marijuana plants with a street value of more than $4,125,000, the Drug Enforcement Administration said.

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Law officers executed a federal search warrant on the parcel of land in Pine County.

“The focus of today’s effort was to locate, document and destroy these plants before they could be harvested and enter the illicit drug market,” B. Todd Jones, U.S. district attorney for the District of Minnesota, said in a statement.

Jones and Jack Riley, special agent-in-charge of the five-state Drug Enforcement Administration, announced the operation.

“Dismantling criminal organizations, like the one responsible for this marijuana, is a priority for the DEA,” Riley said.

Other law enforcement agencies taking part in the raid were the East Central Drug and Violent Offender Task Force, the sheriff’s offices of Pine, Chisago and Isanti counties, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Army National Guard, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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