Helicopter spots $1.26M marijuanaPublished 5:28pm Monday, August 6, 2012
A joint operation involving the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Highway Patrol and N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) discovered approximately 525 marijuana plants worth an estimated street value of $1.26 million growing in Polk County last week.
Sheriff’s officers said last Thursday, Aug. 2, a highway patrol helicopter discovered two areas in the county in which marijuana plants were growing.
The largest area was discovered in a wooded area of Saluda with 505 marijuana plants. Another area was discovered in Mill Spring with approximately 20 plants.
Officers said the many of the plants discovered were approximately 3 feet high and larger.
One marijuana plant has an estimated street value of $2,400, officers said.