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September 28, 1991

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Two days after the Kansas Bureau of Investigation cut down 50 marijuana plants in southwest Douglas County, local authorities say they don't know who planted the marijuana patch.

Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said the marijuana appeared to have been fertilized and watered. No arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified, Anderson said.

KBI agents, who had been checking the area by aircraft, spotted the marijuana plot near Lone Star Lake, about 10 miles southwest of Lawrence, on Wednesday, said Special Agent Dale Rowley, supervisor of the KBI Narcotics Strike Force.

KBI agents alerted the Douglas County Sheriff's office late Wednesday that they wanted to pick and destroy the marijuana Thursday. Anderson said some of the plants were saved as evidence.

Several sheriff's officers, along with officers from the Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas National Guardsmen, assisted the KBI in clearing the area of the cultivated marijuana plants, Anderson said.

Authorities valued the plants at $150,000.

The KBI agents who spotted the plants from the air had been targeting several areas in southwest Douglas County where KBI agents have said cultivated and wild marijuana plants are growing.

Rowley said Friday that KBI agents have identified another plot of wild marijuana near the area where the 50 plants were found.

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