Drug bust finds 2,000 marijuana plants

By chillinwill · Jul 13, 2008 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    From: http://www.fox28.com/Global/story.asp?S=8663753

    Indiana State Police spent the night guarding more than 2,000 marijuana plants in a rural Kosciusko County field Thursday night. Friday, 8 officers dug them up and arrested Mario Camacho and Mariano Gonzalez.

    At about 7pm Thursday night State Police officers found two men and a juvenile in the marijuana field. Unfortunately it was so dark that they were not able to remove the plants until Friday morning. Police were not expecting to uncover so many plants and people who live in the area never expected this drug bust either.

    "I was in shock when I saw the...in front of my drive you know and I'm like wow this is an off place for a state police to break down," said Barbara Harrison who lives near the drug bust.

    And that's when Barbara knew something just wasn't right in her small community in rurual Kosciusko County.

    "Then when I got closer to the edge and I saw all the cars down there I said uh oh it's meth something a dead body or something," said Harrison.
    But it wasn't. Indiana state police found two-thousand marijuana plants tucked away in a field off county road 500-East in Syracuse. Senior Trooper Chad Larsh says he believes the drug dealers were sleeping in hammocks in the field to protect their valuable crops.

    "The street value of this could be anywhere from a thousand dollars to 2500-dollars depending on the quality," said Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Chad Larsh.

    Each bundle has about 25 marijuana plants wrapped up, this one's not too big but they can get up to 7 or 10 feet tall."

    "This was going to take approximately 90 days at the quickest outdoors or even longer than that if they started the plants from seeds," said Larsh.
    Trooper Larsh says that this is third drug bust they've made this month. Generally he says they find more marijuana plants in the summer because it's the perfect season to grow it outdoors

    "It's like a full time job," said Larsh. And because some people are just getting desperate. "With the high gas prices people are doing things that maybe they normally wouldn't do to make a quick buck," said Larsh.

    Barbara Harrison thinks it happened across the street from her home because it's off the beaten path. "It would be so easy to plant seeds...to have the time to do that," said Harrison.

    The two men arrested, both Camacho and Gonzalez have been charged with possession of marijuana and growing marijuana with the intent to sell. They remain in the Kosciusko county jail.

    A juvenile was also arrested, but police have not released the minor's name. Those are the main suspects...but police say they believe there's a much bigger story behind this drug bust and expect to arrest more people in the near future.

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  1. newgrower
    Maybe swim missed something here but 2000 plants = 1000-2500 dollars? Did they mean per plant for 2 to 4.5 million?
  2. chillinwill
    they didn't specify in the article but its gotta mean per plant
  3. Lobsang
    Well it looks like they will be in prison for a long time. 1000 kg or more felony 10 years - life Fine $4,000,000

    Not enough for the death penalty but a substantial sentence indeed. And yes in theroy one could get the death penaly for selling pot in the USA.
  4. chillinwill
    that is just fucked up though to get the death penalty for selling weed....i highly doubt that anyone would be sentenced that but it could happen....what a fucked up country we live in
  5. Lobsang
    Well it could like I say happen in theroy upon reading the following...

    The sentence of death can be carried out on a defendant who has been found guilty of manufacturing, importing or distributing a controlled substance if the act was committed as part of a continuing criminal enterprise – but only if the defendant is (1) the principal administrator, organizer, or leader of the enterprise or is one of several such principal administrators, organizers, or leaders, and (2) the quantity of the controlled substance is 60,000 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana, or 60,000 or more marijuana plants, or the if the enterprise received more than $20 million in gross receipts during any 12-month period of its existence.:eek:
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