(Vevay, Ind.) – A small tip has led police to the largest marijuana growing operation ever found in Indiana.
We told you August 17 about a patch of 860 pot plants discovered on a farm along Green Valley Road in Switzerland County.
Indiana State Police said after the initial bust they asked for a “fly over” by a police helicopter to check for other possible growing operations in the area. Due to scheduling conflicts, troopers could not arrange for a flight until this past Thursday, September 15.
While flying in Indiana National Guard helicopters, state police and National Guard spotters discovered several other plots of marijuana plants in the area.
On the ground, officers with the state police, Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, and Vevay Police began eradicating 3,700 plants before the sun went down that day. They continued Friday, September 16 destroying the rest of the pot plants, bringing the total to 24,877 – a new state record for a single outdoor growing operation.
For whoever was growing them, the crops could have been worth millions of dollars. ISP Trooper Noel Kinney said marijuana sells for anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 per pound depending on the quality of the product. Each plant could easily yield a pound of marijuana.
Investigators believe the ten different growing plots discovered, although separated, were part of the same operation.
There are no suspects or arrests in connection with the growing operation.
Anyone with any information is urged to call the Indiana State Police Post at Versailles at 800-566-6704 within Indiana only or 812-689-5000 outside the state. The public can also call the Indiana State Police Marijuana Tip Hotline at 888-873-1694 within Indiana only. Callers can remain anonymous.