Sheriff On Marijuana Grow

by Danielle Cotterman on August 5, 2011 at 3:51 am

A marijuana operation was shut-down Thursday yesterday evening when a chopper spotted the grow.

According to Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz, Deputies along side the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation spotted a marijuana grow at a 1620 Wheeling Avenue home in Zanesville. Lutz said this is the time each year the BCI and I will search Ohio Counties.

"It’s just one of those days BCI said ‘hey we’re coming to county,’ explained Lutz. "It’s a nice day we’re going to be flying and of course our drug unit goes out on the ground with them, if they find anything then they take care of it."

Search Crews spotted the operation just before they wrapped-up for the day. Lutz said some individuals at the home attempted to hide the plants inside while one vehicle fled the location. Lutz said the chopper kept surveillance of the vehicle until deputies were able to respond. The owner of the home gave authorities consent to search the property where 200 marijuana plants were found.

"We get intelligence from people in the street, we get intelligence from people who get caught and we get intelligence from where our drug unit goes out and does surveillance," said Lutz. "We’re going to work our butts off to try and eliminate all of them."

The BCI and I determines the frequency of their visits based off of previous years drug stats. Lutz said Muskingum County is at the top of the list because of the large number of grows last year. Licking, Perry and Guernsey Counties are also included in those high watch areas.

Thursday’s case is currently under investigation and will be reviewed by the County Prosecutor before charges are filed. The suspects name has not yet been released.