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War on drugs worth fighting in southern Nevada?

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Authorities in Clark County continued their pursuit of illegal drug operations in the area with multiple busts this week.

On Wednesday, the Drug Enforcement Agency spearheaded a nationwide takedown of synthetic drug labs and distributors in a first-of-its kind raid. Agents targeted an operation in Las Vegas as part of the multi-city operation.

As a result, almost 5 million packages of synthetic marijuana and 167,000 packets of "bath salts" were seized across the country.

The DEA said the nationwide crackdown was necessary to keep the manufactured drugs from endangering people.

Local law enforcement agencies also took down separate marijuana growth operations on Thursday.

The cultivation of about 11,000 pounds of marijuana would have continued if it wasn't for a hiker who stumbled upon the enormous operation, police said.

A task force made up of valley police departments and the DEA was able to locate the grow operation in Wallace Canyon near the Nye County line.

On the same day authorities announced the find, police seized 186 marijuana plants that were being grown in a Henderson residence.

Police charged former College of Southern Nevada assistant baseball coach Ezekiel Parraz for the operation.

The busts are serving as a reminder of the ongoing enforcement authorities undertake in stemming illegal drug activity.

It wasn't too long ago that law enforcement officers busted a dispensary or a grow operation per week in southern Nevada.

FOX5 wants to know if these drug operations concern you and if you believe they should be the highest priority for authorities in the area.

You can tell us what you think at The Rant on FOX5Vegas.com or on Facebook.

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