A multi-agency task force raided a network of marijuana groves in the forests near Strawberry, Arizona on Aug. 15, 2005. The growing operation was discovered in Calf Pen Canyon near the Fossil Springs Wilderness, 4 miles north of Strawberry, Ariz. Because of the remote location, law enforcement officials used a Department of Public Safety helicopter to haul the marijuana out of the canyon to a burn area manned by U.S. Forest Service workers. Drug agents conducted three raids this summer in Tonto and Coconino national forests eradicating more than 100,000 plants with a street value of about $150 million. Eleven Mexican nationals were arrested in the operations and charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.
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