Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on August 22, 2012 @ 11:51PM
Created on August 22, 2012 @ 5:46PM
The Taylor County Sheriff's Department says they found well over 200 pot plants after searching outdoors most of the day.
Plants were located at four different locations. One batch had plants between 10 and 12 feet tall.
40 were found in the Knottsville area, 160 were in found in the Boothsville area and more were found at two other locations.
"To sum it all up, this is as much dope that won't be on the street, that our young people won't be getting a hold of. As a matter of fact, we made some arrests on this. Usually you just get the dope. You don't get the guy - the grower. But this situation here, we've made three arrests today. So that's a plus," said Sheriff Robert Beltner.
The three men will be charged with cultivation of marijuana, among other charges. Police also seized weapons.
Pretty much all summer long we've been telling you stories about how the drought has been affecting everything from food to gas. But apparently there's at least one good thing the drought is bringing, because police say it's making marijuana crops a whole lot easier to spot.
With the help of a helicopter, Taylor County Sheriff's deputies spent the day fighting the war on drugs, by pulling any marijuana plants they found in the woods.
By the time 5 News left the area they were searching around 2:00 p.m., deputies had already found 28 plants in two different locations. Some of them were even six or seven feet tall.
Since the drought has dried a lot of things out, and marijuana already has a distinct green color, it made searching in the air for the plants even easier than before.
Once police would spot a patch from the helicopter, they would tell deputies on the ground, and they would go and pull it.
Officials told me that before long, marijuana growers would be pulling the plants themselves to dry and cultivate before it gets cold. But deputies wanted to make sure they got the plants first and keep the drug off the streets.
"It's going to be important to the people of Taylor County because it's going to be that much that will not get on the street. We'll take it, and later on we'll get a destruction order from the judge, and then we'll burn it. It'll be that much that hopefully some kid won't get a hold of. Once the frost comes, it kills the plants. They're going to be grabbing them, if I don't grab them," said Sheriff Robert Beltner, Taylor County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Beltner also said they planned to spend the rest of the day picking all of the marijuana plants they could find. Even though no arrests have been made, they hope this will discourage other growers.
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