Helicopter spots $1.26M marijuana

Published 5:28 pm Monday, August 6, 2012

Some of marijuana plants discovered in Polk County. (photo submitted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

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.

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