A lot of green thumbs ended up with fingerprint ink on them Wednesday.
Police agencies on both sides of the state line carried out raids on indoor marijuana-growing operations that resulted in at least 14 arrests and the seizure of more than 1,300 plants, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.
It was no coincidence that the operation — dubbed Constant Gardener — occurred on April 20, which has become a holiday for marijuana users around the world.
“We wanted to celebrate with them today,” Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said.
Officers from about 30 police agencies in eastern Kansas and western Missouri conducted the raids.
The operation was part of an ongoing investigation that involves law-enforcement agencies covering territory from Wichita to Columbia, Lowe said.
Since 2007, more than 130 indoor growing operations have been disrupted and more than 10,000 marijuana plants have been seized.
Residences, barns, warehouses and even a motel room have been used to grow the plants, the patrol said. In some cases, entire houses were used to grow marijuana without anyone actually living there.
By TONY RIZZO
The Kansas City Star