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Stolen luxury cars found in Douglas County raid

This late-model Bentley Continental GT convertible was among four stolen luxury cars found Monday during a search of a suspected illegal marijuana grow in Douglas County. When new, the car carries a sticker price that starts above $220,000. Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team photo.
This Maserati Levante SUV was among four stolen luxury vehicles found Monday during a raid on a suspected illegal marijuana grow in Douglas County. When new, the SUV carries a sticker price that starts above $79,000. Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team photo.

A Douglas County narcotics task force recovered four high-end luxury vehicles that had been reported stolen in Florida during a raid Monday on a suspected illegal marijuana operation near Azalea.

The Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team found 1,702 marijuana plants and more than 23 pounds of processed marijuana during the raid in an unincorporated area of Douglas County, along with a Bentley Continental GT convertible, a Maserati Levante, a Range Rover and BMW X6 SUV, according to a press release issued Wednesday by DINT.

The late-model luxury cars carry sticker prices that start at $67,350 for the BMW and $222,085 for the Bentley, according to manufacturer websites.

Police determined that the cars on the property had been reported stolen in Florida. Finding their genuine Vehicle Identification Numbers, however, was a challenge because police said the cars had counterfeit VIN plates — described as “high quality forgeries that were difficult to detect.”

“The type of vehicles, the sophistication and quality of the switched VINs, and the fact they were all stolen from clear across the country all indicate a level of sophistication that is well above the average criminal activity,” police said in the release.