Pottawatomie County sheriff's deputies and local drug task force agents spent Friday pulling hundreds of marijuana plants — many of them nearly 9 feet tall — from a rural property south of McLoud.
Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies and local drug task force agents spent Friday pulling hundreds of marijuana plants — many of them nearly 9 feet tall — from a rural property south of McLoud.
All 433 plants were pulled and taken to a secure area where they were doused with diesel and destroyed, said Sheriff Mike Booth.
Friday’s action ended what had been a three-week investigation into the pot patch.
Booth said a landowner preparing for the upcoming deer-hunting season was checking for deer activity on his 160-acre property when he found the suspicious plants.
The landowner notified deputies, Booth said, who then contacted members of the Pottawatomie County Drugs and Violent Crimes Task Force. The group began surveillance of the field to see if anyone showed up to cultivate the weed.
Booth said after three weeks of seeing absolutely no activity, it was decided to conduct the massive eradication effort Friday morning. Crews were cautious for any possible booby traps and also remained vigilant for any possible threats as they worked that scene, the sheriff said.
Booth said the marijuana pants were tightly compacted and growing in an area surrounded by trees.
“It’s not something you would just stumble across,” he said.
The plants varied in size, but many of the mature plants were more than 8 feet tall, Booth said.
Authorities took the plants to a gravel pit where they were burned, Booth said, adding Bethel Acres firefighters assisted deputies with those efforts.
Booth said it’s unknown if anyone was tending to the pot field recently, but the seeds that started the crop obviously didn’t get there on their own.
“Once upon a time they had something there,” he said.
Booth said the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics estimates that each one of the mature marijuana plants would have produced pot with a street value of $1,000.
Booth said deputies would be watching the area, along with the landowner, who was glad to see the plants removed from his property, Booth said.