Jackson County Sheriff's Department has destroyed more than 2,000 marijuana plants from a forest garden on Trail Creek, off of Highway 227.

Jackson County Sheriff's Department has destroyed more than 2,000 marijuana plants from a forest garden on Trail Creek, off of Highway 227.

The Jackson County Narcotics Enforcement Team, SWAT and federal Drug Enforcement Administration raided the growing operation Tuesday after spotting the plants during a helicopter surveillance flight, Sheriff Mike Winters said. The plants were 6 to 8 feet tall and evidence points to the operation being part of a large-scale national or international drug cartel, the sheriff said.

No arrests were made, but the investigation is ongoing.

— Anita Burke