LAS VEGAS -- Federal and local law enforcement officers removed 553 mature pot plants from a marijuana farm in the Lovell Canyon area of Mount Charleston during an early morning raid Thursday.
According to Metro Police, the plants had an estimated street value of more than $500,000.
The pot farm was located in rugged terrain about 20 miles north of State Route 159 on Lovell Canyon Road.
Police learned of the farm through a tip from a concerned citizen.
Police said no suspects were present during the raid and no arrests have been made. Officers observing the area from an aircraft reported seeing people running from the area as officers on the ground approached the farm.
This is the third outdoor marijuana grow operation discovered in Clark County this year. Last year, police discovered seven grow operations, up from 2010 when none were discovered.
Officers from Metro Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the North Las Vegas Police Department participated in the raid.