With chainsaws in hand and work boots on foot, law enforcement worked to up-root an estimated 5,000 13-foot marijuana plants.
"The same type that we’ve taken off before, there were some camps in it, and there’s obviously been people here tending to it," says Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz.
But they won’t be tending to it any longer. After a lengthy investigation led them to the site in Adams Mills, the Sheriff’s Office waited until those responsible for growing the plants returned to the site. Initially, ten people were arrested.
"We basically know about this, about what’s going on here and the people involved. Monday was just a day that we moved on it and found some people in here."
Evidence at the tenants camp site showed that they had just begun the harvesting, drying, and processing phases, but law enforcement put an end to that.
Alongside the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and surrounding counties took down the two fields of plants.
"We’ve got a crew over here cutting them. After we’ve got all the evidence done, they’re bringing them across the river to a dump truck and then D.E.A. is taking custody of the plants."
The marijuana stalks will become federal property as part of an ongoing investigation. Depending on the exact number of plants, Sheriff Lutz says those taken into custody could face double digits in jail time.
"One of our goals is to keep people responsible for what they’re doing and this one we were very fortunate today to find 10 people in this plot and we had great teamwork with all the people up here working to get all ten of them."
At the end of the day, 11 people will be in custody in connection with the marijuana plots.