Police recover over 300 pot plants in Clermont County

Source: Clermont County Sheriff's Office
Source: Clermont County Sheriff's Office

BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - The Clermont County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit has conducted a two-day operation to discover and eradicate marijuana plants before harvest.

The operation yielded 329 pot plants with a street value of over $329,000.

"Law enforcement used a variety of resources including all-terrain vehicles and helicopters to search open areas for plants, which are approximately two-thirds through their growing season," said Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg. "Plants range from four to eight feet in height, and are valued conservatively at $1,000 per healthy plant."

The plants were found in the following townships with Clermont County:

Batavia Township                                           11 Plants

Williamsburg Township                                   145 Plants

Tate Township                                                75 Plants

Franklin Township                                           6 Plants

Washington Township                                     18 Plants

Union Township                                              36 Plants

Brown County                                                 20 Plants

Pierce Township                                             10 Plants

Jackson Township                                          4 Plants

Stonelick Township                                         1 Plant

Wayne Township                                            3 Plants

"Deputies follow up the discovery of the plants with the objective of identifying those who cultivated the plants. The penalties for cultivating marijuana vary depending upon the number of plants involved," said Rodenberg. "Once the plants are seized, they are destroyed, preventing distribution of the finished product," Rodenberg said.

Two individuals involved in the cultivation have been identified. Thomas Schuster, 58, of Bethel, and Ricky Hutchinson, 25, of New Richmond have been cited for Cultivating Marijuana and other cases are pending further investigation.

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