Authorities find marijuana farm worth more than $1.7M

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have found a marijuana farm worth more than $1.7 million while chasing a suspect.

KSNW-TV reports that the discovery was made Sunday when deputies with the Butler County Sheriff's Office responded to a residential burglary near El Dorado.

The sheriff's office says the deputies pursued the burglary suspect when he ran into a field. As the deputies searched for the suspect, they spotted a couple men who also took off running. One of those men was captured, leading the deputies to a nearby cultivated marijuana field.

On Monday, deputies, Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers entered the property and seized more than 1,700 cultivated marijuana plants. They also found a camp site with tents, a cooking area and water pumps used to irrigate the plants.

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Information from: KSNW-TV.