Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2010

Investigators bust marijuana farm

July 29, 2010


— Investigators on Wednesday destroyed a clandestine marijuana farm in a rural area north of here that apparently had been tended by people living in a makeshift camp.

Agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation joined officers from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department cutting down the marijuana. Authorities said some stalks were described as 15 feet high.

The marijuana patch was the size of a football field with more than 3,000 plants, according to authorities, who estimated the plants’ value at $1,000 apiece, or roughly $3 million altogether.

Authorities used chain saws and other equipment to cut down stalks before spraying the roots with a herbicide.

KBI Special Agent Rod Page said officials believe at least four people were living at the site at one time to the marijuana around the clock.

“They brought in potting soil, plastic cups, everything,” Page said.


Maddy Griffin 7 years, 6 months ago

I always enjoy the over-blown dollar values in stories like this. I'd love to see someone actually make$1,000 on a single plant.

pizzapete 7 years, 6 months ago

Until recently, pot has been more expensive than gold per ounce. So, yea, it is possible to have a $1000 plant especially one grown outside.

Graczyk 7 years, 6 months ago

I think the government uses street value rather than wholesale value when estimating dollar value. I doubt that a football field of marijuana was worth 3 mil to the growers themselves. They were most likely going to sell that in bulk. That's a lot of dime bags otherwise.

kasper 7 years, 6 months ago

a plant that is 15 feet tall could easily be worth a grand if not more. depending in the strain

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 6 months ago

Maybe, if grown hydroponically or with someone constantly monitoring the plant's light water, humidity,etc. Not outdoors. And how would you know,Tom? You don't seem like a smoker to me.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 6 months ago

wth are you talking about? Safer smoking a dub than most of the crap your doc. prescribes.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 6 months ago

more of the mystery that is Tom Shewmon! getting more Libertarian by the day Tom.

kernal 7 years, 6 months ago

Another cash crop dstroyed due to the elements, more taxes lost and there goes their IRA account. Plan B?

amesn 7 years, 6 months ago

Holy marijuana! I hope my dealer friend didn't just become unemployed because of this! He works so hard for his money!

David Albertson 7 years, 6 months ago

Douglas County is raising property taxes by 9% to make up for budget shortages and yet the Mexican Drug Cartels are raking in $billions and $billions without paying a single penny of tax. The only thing threatened by a person smoking marijuana is a bag of cheetos. The ban on marijuana makes no sense whatsoever.

rbwaa 7 years, 6 months ago

actually they destroyed a way to help limit the flow of marijuana from mexico

Flap Doodle 7 years, 6 months ago

So much for the old “marijuana never hurt anybody” jazz. “A tractor-trailer driver had been smoking marijuana when he crossed into oncoming lanes and caused a fiery crash with a dump truck that killed himself and the other driver earlier this year. Daniel Seilheimer, 41, of Colorado Springs was driving a bobtail tractor for England Trucking south on Quebec Street the afternoon of May 27 when he veered into the oncoming lane in the 7500 block and collided head-on with a Waste Management truck. Both trucks burst into flames, and Seilheimer and George Mendoza, 52, were killed, said Chris Dickey, spokesman for the Commerce City Police Department. A later toxicology test determined that Seilheimer was under the influence of marijuana, Dickey said. "His ability to safely operate a motor vehicle was significantly impaired," he said.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 6 months ago

the toxicology report probably showed that he had smoked marijuana at some point in the last several weeks. However, I doubt that they ran a more realistic test that would have shown him actually being high at the time.

Also, there are few people in the anti-prohibition movement that will defend smoking & driving as acceptable.

fester0420 7 years, 6 months ago

total BS. for 1 crashes happen way more from drinking than smaking. 2 just becouse you have weed in your system dosent meen you are high. it stays in your system for 30 days or more so that dose not mean he was high.

jafs 7 years, 6 months ago

If marijuana were legalized, it would still be illegal to drive under the influence of it, just as it is with alcohol.

amesn 7 years, 6 months ago

I am not completely familiar with how marijuana tox screens work but could they actually tell at the time of the crash he was under the influence or maybe there was just THC detected in his system that may have actually been from the night before when he smoked a lil to relax before turning in for the night. Although with advanced measures maybe it is possible to tell within what time frame marijuana has been smoked? Anyone know?

Stuart Evans 7 years, 6 months ago

that's correct. even though the psychoactive compounds fade away after a few hours, the remnants, which are stored in your fat cells, can remain for many many weeks. this is the test most often used to bust people for pot use.

amesn 7 years, 6 months ago

After reading the article u posted snap it almost seems to imply he was lighting up at the time of the crash!

Practicality 7 years, 6 months ago

Good job Shawnee County Sheriff's Department. Good job KBI.

Some citizens do appreciate your work in enforcing the laws and trying to deter the irresponsible from choosing to smoke Marijuana. I realize it is a thankless job (for the most part) but you are doing the right thing, so do not be detered by all the irresponsible and selfish people who are more concerned about their ability to get high than the state of affairs of our country or the world.

Keep up the good work!

David Albertson 7 years, 6 months ago

I assure you that the ability to get high has not been impeded by this War on Drugs. It is cheaper to smoke pot than it is to drink alcohol. It's easier for teenagers to get pot than it is to get alcohol. I love all the right wing noise about government waste and yet they have no problem with billions being wasted trying to fight marijuana. It's a losing battle. Period.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 6 months ago

Time to end the war. I'd love to see the rest of the country follow California, where they are actually considering legalizing, regulating and taxing it. And there are a LOT of former law enforcement people involved in the cause.

Practicality 7 years, 6 months ago

So, by your logic, because people continue to break the law, than the law is not worth enforcing and we should just legalize it?

Lets start with murderers. Murder has been against the law for much longer than Marijuana, and people still murder each other. I guess we should just legalize it then according to barstop's logic.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 6 months ago

Worked for Prohibition.I wonder how many millions alcohol makes for this state in taxes? How do you equate smoking pot with murder? That's just silly.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 6 months ago

some day when you peek out from behind your naivety veil, you'll understand why people choose to use cannabis, and why it's none of your damned business if they do.

jonas_opines 7 years, 6 months ago

Not likely. Too invested in the worldview already.

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 6 months ago

Shawnee County? Perhaps Practicality too is under the influence.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 6 months ago

ps.. it was Sedgwick county copys, not Shawnee. pot might help you focus.

fester0420 7 years, 6 months ago

yah thx KBI for makin weed more available.

jafs 7 years, 6 months ago

What is the rationale for banning drug use while alcohol and cigarettes are legal?

GmaD321 7 years, 6 months ago

There is nothing grown outdoors in KS that brings in that kind of $. What hype.

Mel Wedermyer 7 years, 6 months ago

Stop the hate and smoke the peace pipe....

BorderRuffian 7 years, 6 months ago

What a stinkin' shame, dude. Now where'll the dear little jayhawkers go to get their stuff? And just before all the nasty little kiddos descend on Larryville, to boot. Why, oh why, do the LEOs always choose this inopportune time?

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