By Darrell Smith
Seventeen people were arrested and 1,500 plants seized when state drug agents shut down a marijuana growing operation Monday near Elk Grove.
The 7 a.m. raid by the state's Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, wrapped a month-long investigation into the grow, tucked into cornfields and processed in a barn east of Interstate 5 near Lambert Road, said Department of Justice spokeswoman Michelle Gregory.
Gregory said the operation, first spotted by helicopter, was a sophisticated one. Photos showed the harvested marijuana drying on racks under shade of the barns and equipment agents believe was used to process the pot.