A week after some 100 marijuana plants were removed from a North County agricultural field, an official with the county Narcotic Task Force said the investigation is continuing but said it will be difficult to find suspects.
The plants were pulled from a field farmed near Brawley. The field is owned by R&R Land and Cattle Co. of Brawley and farmed by Salico Farms of Brawley.
An NTF official who asked not to be identified said neither the landowner nor the company farming the land are under suspicion.
He said the case is similar to cases in Northern California in which those growing the marijuana place the plants in a legitimate agricultural field, where the marijuana will be well-hidden. In doing so they destroy a portion of the legitimate crop to make room for the marijuana and then tap into the field's water and fertilizer supply to cultivate the drug.