Helicopter spots $1.26M marijuana growing in Polk

Published 1:56 pm 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 which marijuana plants were growing.

The largest area was discovered in a wooded area of Saluda with 505 marijuana plants.

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Another area was discovered in Mill Spring with approximately 20 plants.

Officers said the plants discovered were approximately three feet in height.

One marijuana plant has an estimated street value $2,400, officers said.