Marijuana grow raided in hills south of Banning; 9 arrested

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IDYLLWILD (CNS) - Nine people were arrested and more than 1,500 pounds of marijuana confiscated at a large grow operation in unincorporated Riverside County in the hills south of Banning, authorities said Wednesday. Riverside County Sheriff's deputies served two search warrants in the unincorporated area of Poppet Flats on Tuesday, where they allegedly found 1,255 marijuana plants growing both outdoors and in several greenhouses, in addition to 1,506 dried pounds. Several thousand dollars in cash reportedly associated with marijuana sales were also found and confiscated by deputies. Deputies also located three firearms, including one reported stolen. The street value of the marijuana seized was estimated at $1 million. Nine men and woman were arrested on suspicion of various crimes inc
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