Drug raid nets 2,300 pot plants in north-central Nevada

Nearly 2,400 marijuana plants are confiscated and destroyed Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in the Railroad Valley area of northern Nye County, Nevada. (Photo courtesy of the Nye County Sheriff's Office)

Nye County sheriff's deputies are looking for two suspected drug-traffickers following a state and federal drug raid at an illegal marijuana farm on national forest land in a remote part of Nevada's high desert about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of Las Vegas

The sheriff's office says authorities confiscated more than 2,300 pot plants from a mountainside in the Railroad Valley about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southwest of Ely on Sept. 29.

Two suspects who fled on foot remain at large, but investigators say they collected a DNA sample from their camp.

The sheriff says it took about a dozen helicopter flights to remove all the plants and bury them in a large pit.

The U.S. Forest Service led the raid, with help from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, sheriff's office and state game wardens.

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