Large Marijuana Bust in Perry County

POSTED BY: Mike Partin
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 03:10 PM
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Large Marijuana Bust in Perry County
The Perry County Sheriff's Office says it made a major marijuana bust that netted 6-thousand pot plants worth 10 million dollars.

Perry County Sheriff William Barker says the plants were located in rugged terrain along No. 8 Hollow Road which is located between New Lexington and Crooksville.

Ben Cassucio is Deputy Superintendent with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification. He said during a press conference that the bust was very large."This is a significant amount of marijuana. Prior to my position here, I ran the group in Columbus and, you know we're used to getting 15-hundred-two thousand pounds of seizures in trucks. This pales to this type of operation. And I think one of the most important things about this is also the fact of the high grade that will come out of this patch."

The dollar amount of the marijuana is estimated at nine to 10-million-dollars and maybe more.

The suspects fled from the scene as authorities decended on them and at this time remain on the run.

Sheriff Barker says at this time they have no suspects and Special Agents say this type of activity is becoming more spread out here in the east. They say in the west they have found that illegal ailens have been a part of this type of criminal activity. Authorities stopped short of saying illegal ailens were apart of this bust or are on the ones on the run.

One thing the Sheriff did say, when his deputies discovered that a helicopter operated by agents spotted the plants, they knew they would need assistance. Police agencies from around Perry County helped as did other emergency agencies. He said his Deputies knew they needed more assistance and acted upon that and called in more help. "We're not going to be able to do this alone." Barker said. "We solicited help in from volunteer fire departments. We had firefighters there from Crooksville, New Lexington, Richland Township, Junction City Fire Department, Monday Creek Township and they came with manpower, chainsaws, ATV's and lights."

As for suspects and who they are, Authorities again have no idea. Special agent supervisor Scott Duff says the people who ran from them were the workers that have higher up's they answer to. "I think the people that were living there were simply getting paid to grow. There's somebody somewhere making gobs of money of their efforts" Duff said.

Authorities say from here, they will take finger print samples and hope for the best.. and maybe they will be able to get a hit on atleast one suspect.

**To view the entire press conference click on watch video**

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