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After uprooting more than 6,000 marijuana plants, the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office feels they are putting a dent in Ohio's drug problem.
On Thursday approximately three to five miles off of the beaten path in Adams Township, a Bureau of Criminal Investigations helicopter spotted a plot of marijuana plants. Sheriff Matt Lutz says that the location is a prime spot for such activity, comparing it to a similar plot the Sheriff's Office found nearly a year ago. Remote, and desolate locations are the places they look.
"They were up in the air, and were flying to a certain location where we knew we've had marijuana in the past and had other intelligence on other things, and they were able to spot it, and this one was pretty big," says Sheriff Matt Lutz of the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office.
Initially entering on-foot, the Sheriff's Office found close to 1,000 plants on the first site, and 5,000 on approximately five more. At $1,000 a plant, the Sheriff's Office uprooted an approximate street value of $6 million of marijuana.
"When you're involved in it, you see the problems and the community doesn't know full-strength what those problems are. They know we have a drug problem, and we're trying to take care of that situation," says Sheriff Lutz.
The Sheriff says that they believe there are more plots similar to those found yesterday. They do not have anyone responsible for planting the marijuana at this time but it could be tied to a Mexican Drug Cartel.