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Nearly 50 pot plants discovered in Clinch County

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Investigators find almost 50 marijuana plants in Clinch County. Now, they're working to track down the grower.

They say the plants could've reached maturity by September and later sold for more than $200,000.

Investigators uproot 47 pot plants that were discovered in thick woods near Highway 84 outside Homerville. It's sometimes difficult to track down growers.

"You have to near about catch them in the patch," said Clinch County investigator Allen Morgan. "They come in and out all hours of the night and day and they're just in rural areas."

Once growers are caught, they face felony charges of manufacturing marijuana.

Once they're full grown, each one of the plants is capable of producing a pound of marijuana with a street value of $4,500.

That equals out to more than $211,000.

DNR rangers, South Georgia Drug Task Force agents and Clinch County investigators searched the woods and found the plants Monday.

They're the sinsamilla, the standard variety of pot.

"I think it's a natural herb," said Tannis Boykins. "It ain't going to hurt you."

But she and her neighbors in Homerville don't agree with kids using it.

"It's bad because kids they get around it and they smoke it and they sell it," said Patricia Wilson.

"We are actively fighting the war against drugs," said Morgan. "Sheriff Peterson urges the community to respond. Let us know of any suspicious activities."

Investigators say drugs make people steal and commit other serious crimes that's why they promise to fight it.

Marijuana planting season last until early fall.

If you have information on this crime or others investigators want you call them at (912) 487-5316.

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