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Pinal County Sheriff's deputies discover a large marijuana grow operation in Apache Junction

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FLORENCE, Arizona — Pinal County authorities say they have discovered a large marijuana grow operation in Apache Junction.

County sheriff's officials say a 30-year-old Scottsdale man is considered a suspect in the case but hasn't been arrested as of Wednesday.

Sheriff's deputies were checking an industrial park in Apache Junction known to be an area involving frequent thefts on March 11.

A deputy noticed a strong odor of raw marijuana emitting from one of the structures and notified the sheriff's Narcotics Task Force.

A search warrant revealed nearly 480 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.

Authorities say the plants have the potential or producing about four ounces of marijuana per plant with a potential street value of $287,000.

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