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Franklin County Sheriff's deputies seize 25,000 marijuana plants

Pasco marijuana bust

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. -- Deputies removed a total of 25,000 marijuana plants in two days from an illegal grow operation in North Franklin County.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said the plants were found planted in a corn field off Sagehill Road.

On Tuesday, deputies said the plants were seized with help from the Washington State Patrol Eradication Team. 

The sheriff's office used drones to assist with deputies' eradication efforts. A map of all flights will be published on the sheriff's office social media sites to "maximize transparency and public awareness" of the agency's drone program.

This most recent bust dwarfs a separate illegal grow operation from which deputies seized nearly 400 marijuana plants last week. 

RELATED: Franklin Co. deputies cracking down on illegal marijuana grows

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