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Drug agents seize marijuana plants

May 17, 2004

Clinch County - A tip that came into the Clinch County Sheriff's department led investigators to the woods off Highway 441, where they found 240 marijuana plants. "We got information that some was growing in this area and we flew over and spotted it last week," said Sheriff Winston Peterson.

Peterson estimates the plants are about two months old. "They would probably be close to $600,000 worth when they're fully mature," said Peterson.

But they won't make it to their full potential. The plants were uprooted and will be destroyed later this week. "We'll have it burnt and some will be gathered for samples and sent to the crime lab," said Peterson.

Investigators aren't sure who was growing the plants, but they're hoping a trail left by the criminals will lead to their arrests. "We gathered a lot of evidence at the seed beds and I'm sure we're going to make a couple of arrests soon," said Peterson.

And this is just the beginning of the hunt. "There's more in the area, we just haven't found them yet," said Peterson. Investigators say there's hundreds more plants in these woods, and they won't stop until each one is destroyed.

posted at 4:35 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com