7,000 pot plants seized in Sullivan County

The Times Herald-Record is reporting that teams of federal and Sullivan County officials have made one of the biggest marijuana busts in the county's history: 7,000 marijuana plants, a haul worth about $10 million.

"We believe it will be a record, probably the biggest seizure in Sullivan County," said Undersheriff Eric Chaboty. He said the grow operation was "highly sophisticated."

Sixteen people were arrested in connection with the grow operations, 14 of them illegal immigrants who were reportedly tending the plants in seven different locations in three different towns. 

NBC has its own report, which adds that the cops were tipped off to operation by smell:

Officials said authorities found the major supply after sheriffs pulled over a car and smelled marijuana.