Marijuana Growing Operation Busted in Rural Kansas


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Jun 21, 2007
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A call from a hunter led to a major marijuana growing operation in a wooded area of rural Linn County, as authorities destroyed over a thousand plants worth over $100,000 on Monday.

Authorities say that 10 fields were found in the wooded area about 60 miles south of Kansas City. According to Linn County Sheriff Barry Walker, the field was discovered months ago, but the growers apparently fled the operation before Monday's raid.

"The leaf itself is pretty wide, its pretty broad, it's good quality," said Walker.

According to undercover officers, the field was likely the work of Mexican nationals.

"This is what they do, they live here 24 hours a day, they live here seven days a week," said the officer, who asked not to be identified. "They get paid about $200 day, and then at end of the year, typically get a bonus and depending on how good the harvest was."

Authorities say that the operation was elaborate, as trees were thinned-out to allow sunlight to reach the plants, but not so much that it could be spotted from the air. Paths were carefully set up around the operation, and growers hand-dug wells to provide the plants enough water. The marijuana was then processed nearby.

"That's where they cut all buds off and leave stems there, and process the marijuana, package it and bring it back down south," said the undercover officer.

Sheriff Walker says that he had hoped to catch the growers in action, and cameras were set up weeks ago in hopes of that the farmers would return, but he says that he thinks they got spooked and fled the operation. The plants collected on Monday were counted and removed out of the woods before being burned.


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