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Authorities discover 3,000 marijuana plants growing in Brown County, Indiana tied to Mexican drug cartel

October 14, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities discover 3,000 marijuana plants growing in Brown County, Indiana tied to Mexican drug cartel

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Indiana Police discovered more than 3,000 marijuana plants found growing in the southernmost part of Brown County Saturday. Authorities believe the marijuana is tied to a Mexican drug cartel.

“The report that I’d initially received was that there were about 40-50 marijuana plants that had been harvested and that were drying and another 40-50 plants that were still in the ground,” said Brown County Sheriff Scott Southerland.

So you can imagine the surprise when Southerland was told in fact, there had been 3,100 marijuana plants discovered by a hunter, in the dense woods south of Story, Indiana.

Tuesday the pot was set on fire and destroyed.

“Street value conservatively would be I’m certain, over $1 million,” estimated Southerland.

Sheriff’s Department officials say clues at the growing site led them to believe a team of workers was likely living in the woods and harvesting the drugs. Other evidence, including food packaging in Spanish, led DNR and Sheriff’s officials to believe the growing operation is tied likely to a Mexican drug cartel with deep roots, in Central Indiana.

“If it was financed and supported logistically by a drug trafficking organization, it would be the same groups that were responsible for smuggling in the heroin and methamphetamine that we’re inundated with now,” said Southerland.

No arrests have been made yet. The Sheriff said the likely final destination for the pot after it was harvested and processed were the streets of Indianapolis.

 

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