Law enforcement in Lincoln County discovered another illegal marijuana grow operation.
The Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality conducted the raid at a home in the 103000 block of S 3360 Rd., between Meeker and Harrah Tuesday morning.
The owners of the operation were not found, but four people from China, possibly in the country illegally, were working at the operation at the time of the raid.
Approximately 2,200 marijuana plants were seized from the property, equaling around $3 million.
The illegal grow operation is linked to a recent bust in Bethel Acres on June 7.
Cheap land, taxes, and fees along with a lack of enforcement is what Lincoln County District Attorney Allan Grubb said is making Oklahoma a hot bed for this type of crime.
Enforcement is what is being done locally to fight it.
“It is very important that we keep them legal and that they do the proper processes to make sure that the product they are producing is safe to our citizens,” said Grubb.
Law enforcement said they are trying to prevent bad if not deadly outcomes.
“I don’t want to see the product being taken by any of my citizens because it is a dangerous quality,” said Grubb.
Law enforcement said they will typically find that these illegal grow operations will get their OMMA and county permits but not a permit from OBN. That is because the State Bureau of Narcotics runs a background check.