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Troopers uncover marijuana patches

Marijuana
Sep. 05, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

ONA -- A West Virginia State Police eradication effort revealed two marijuana "grows" Thursday valued at more than $30,000 in eastern Cabell County.

The most significant grow was spotted in the first block of Black Forest Road in Ona, said state police Sgt. G.N. Losh. It involved eight plants valued at $24,000. They were described as mature and 10-feet tall.

Losh called the Black Forest Road investigation ongoing with an arrest pending. He said such finds carry the possibility of property seizures, including property, cars and anything else used to manufacture or traffic the drug.

"There's a lot of ways to fight drugs," he said. "If you can get it before it even hits the streets, that's a good start."

Another plot was located in a wooded area near Pumpkin Park in Milton. It involved approximately five plants, also described as mature. Losh estimated their value at $9,000.

Troopers also were searching late afternoon for an unconfirmed plot near Benedict Road in Culloden, Losh said.

Thursday's activity was part of a routine, seasonal eradication effort conducted by the state police. Losh said it involved approximately 10 troopers, from both Huntington and other parts of the state, utilizing all-terrain vehicles and a helicopter.

"At this time of the year, you're going to see full-grown, mature plants," he said. "A lot of them get pulled by now. So we want get out there."

Losh said additional flying days are possible in the Tri-State as part of the ongoing eradication effort.

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