[IMGL=black]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=1242&pictureid=9921"][/IMGL]COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Richard Corday announced today more than 70,000 marijuana plants have been seized in Ohio in 2010; the largest total to have been seized since 1997.
The recent influx in the number of plants can be attributed to the large-scale Mexican grows, according to Cordray.
About half of the plants seized this year were part of these kinds of commercial growing operations found in five counties: Licking, Logan, Muskingum, Portage and Pike.
As a result of all the raids, more than 100 individuals were arrested and 60 weapons were seized by federal, state and local authorities as a result of this season’s eradication initiative.
Almost three-fourths of the marijuana plants seized came from the Southeast region of the state.
Of the 70,434 plants seized, 53,308 were found in southeastern Ohio. An additional 9,773 plants were found in southwestern Ohio, 5,464 in northwest Ohio and 2,889 in northeast Ohio.
This year’s total represents about a 46 percent jump from the 48,000 plants that were seized last year.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency estimates an average marijuana plant produces about 2.2 pounds of marijuana.
That’s worth about $2,200 on the street, and gives an estimated value of about $150 million to the 70,000 plants seized statewide.
The growing season is winding down, however, it is still possible that large grows are still in production, Cordray said.
He also asks that hunters and others who may be hiking or camping should pay close attention to usual activity they may see in remote areas.
Anyone who finds evidence of marijuana crops should immediately contact their local police department or sheriff’s office.
These tips are critical to shutting down the growers or gangs producing large amounts of marijuana, said Cordray.
Hunters in Logan County helped tip federal and state agents to the arrest of 11 Mexican nationals and their alleged ringleader in September.
October 19, 2010
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