Archive for Friday, October 2, 1998

POLICE SEIZE MARIJUANA FROM COUNTY FARMLAND

October 2, 1998

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State and local law enforcement officers acted on a search warrant at a Douglas County farm Wednesday and returned with an estimated $200,000 worth of marijuana, some of it still growing in a garden.

The Tri-County Drug Enforcement Unit was assisting the Kansas Bureau of Investigations and the state bureau of Alcoholic Beverage Control in pursuing the warrant at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday in south central Douglas County, said Kenny Massey, Douglas County Undersheriff.

A man and woman were at the farm house when law enforcement officials arrived but did not try to interfere, Massey said.

``It was very nonchalant to be quite honest with you,'' Massey said.

Ninety-six marijuana plants were growing in a garden about 100 yards from the house, Massey said.

``These were very good plants,'' Massey said.

The plants were almost ready to be harvested, he said.

A mature marijuana plant can yield two pounds of processed marijuana, which Massey said sells for about $2,000 a pound.

The officers also found 246 grams of processed marijuana at the farm.

Massey said he didn't believe the people or the property had been the subject of drug investigations in the past.

No one was arrested Wednesday. The marijuana is being tested by the KBI to ensure it is the illegal drug. That could take a couple weeks, Massey said.

Officers seized several items during the operation including two tractors, two trucks, three guns and $6,000 in cash.

Massey said this was the largest marijuana seizure this year, but marijuana is relatively common in this area.

``I think there is probably more than we know,'' Massey said.

-- Kendrick Blackwood's phone message number is 832-7221. His e-mail address is kblackwood@ljworld.com.

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