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The Shawnee News-Star
  • 600 pot plants pulled: Lincoln County deputies seize $500,000 worth of marijuana from old farm

  • Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies have located and pulled about 600 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $500,000.


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  • Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies have located and pulled about 600 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $500,000.
    Sheriff Charlie Dougherty said a team of 17 deputies, along with drug task force agents from the district attorney’s office, pulled the plants by hand. The marijuana was taken to a secret location in Lincoln County and destroyed, he said.
    A tip prompted deputies to find the plants at an old farm place in the area of U.S. 62 and SH 102, the sheriff said, which could only be accessed by deputies on foot or by four-wheelers. The plants, which totaled about 600, were growing together in a cluster about the size of a large living room, the sheriff said.
    With spring rains and the recent heat, the plants were thriving and healthy.
    “Some of them were six-or seven-foot tall,” the sheriff said.
    Dougherty said a neighbor looking for his lost coon dog stumbled across the suspicious plants and contacted deputies.
    No arrests have been made in connection with the marijuana discovery, but an investigation is ongoing.
    Dougherty said part of the old farm place doesn’t look like it’s had any activity in a quite some time so it’s possible the grow could have been started, then abandoned.
    “It appears it might be a wild grow,” the sheriff said, although he said it probably didn’t start out that way.
    Anyone with information about this case or any other activity can call the Lincoln County sheriff’s office, 405-258-1191.
     
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