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SOUTHERN UTAH -- Law enforcement officers in southern Utah have once again found and destroyed a huge marijuana-growing operation.
Police and forest rangers uprooted nearly 8,800 plants Tuesday in the Pine Valley Mountains near Leeds.
The plants were young and not yet ready to be harvested.
It's the latest bust in what appears to be a growth industry in Utah.
Police removed more than 90,000 plants from Utah's wilderness last year. So far this year they've found about 40,000 plants.