SWITZERLAND CO (FOX19) - Police in Indiana have recovered a state record of marijuana plants for one single growing operation.
Approximately two weeks ago Indiana Conservation Officers discovered a large plot of marijuana on Green Valley Road off S.R. 56 in Switzerland County. Conservation Officers eradicated 864 plants from that plot.
Officers asked Trooper Noel Kinney, Indiana State Police Versailles District Marijuana Eradication Coordinator to do a "fly over" the area to check for other plants.
Tpr. Kinney performed the fly over on Thursday, Sept. 15. While flying in Indiana National Guard helicopters, state police and National Guard spotters discovered several other plots in the area.
On Thursday, officers eradicated over 3,700 plants and had to shut down operations for the day due to darkness. Troopers, deputies, and local police worked all day on Friday, Sept. 16 and at the end of the day the count was over 10,000 plants.
Police worked again on Saturday, Sept. 17 and at the end of the day the total eradicated for the three day operation was 24,877 plants.
When added to the 864 plants eradicated two weeks earlier by conservation officers the total number of plants exceeded 25,700, an Indiana record for a single outdoor growing operation.
Tpr. Kinney said marijuana sells for anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 dollars depending on the quality of the product. He also said each plant could easily yield a pound of marijuana making this grow a multimillion dollar operation.
At this time police do not have any suspects in the growing operation and are requesting assistance from the public with this investigation. Anyone with any information is urged to call the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles at 800-566-6704 (within Indiana only) or 812-689-5000. The public can also call the Indiana State Police Marijuana Tip Hotline at 888-873-1694 (within Indiana only). Callers can remain anonymous.