Plow driver spots pot plants
SUMMIT COUNTY If the plow driver who spotted a stash of pot plants ditched in a snowbank last week chose to advertise his discovery, the lost and found ad would read something like this: Found: Lucrative marijuana grow operation abandoned near Peak 7. Includes 13 pot plants, more than 80 marijuana sprout plants, fertilizer and lights.According to the Summit County Drug Task Force, a driver with Summit County Road and Bridge noticed several abandoned green plants and some light bulbs behind a snow drift in the area of the 5000 block of Summit County Road 911 (Blue Ridge Road) in the Peak 7 area on Friday as he cleared the roads.
Drug task force agents responded to the scene and found 13, 2-to 3-feet tall marijuana plants in potting soil, each in one-gallon plastic buckets, that had been discarded sometime in the last several days. They also found a plastic bin that contained 81 small clone marijuana sprout plants and a black potting soil bag filled with a bag of bat fertilizer, a one-quart bottle labeled “Bloom Formula,” a 32-ounce bottle labeled “Flora Bloom,” two metal halide light bulbs and one 32 ounce bottle labeled “Flora Grow.”Agents estimated the plants were worth anywhere between $20,000 and $40,000, said task force administrator Judy Scollard.”They say one good plant can be worth $1,000 harvested,” Scollard said.
The drug task force has found clippings from post-harvested plants on the side of the road or in the landfill in the past, but this discovery is the first time actual plants have been discovered, Scollard said.”We’ve found grows out in the forest, but those are grows that people have maintained,” she said. The plants were in an area that was impossible to see from the roadway in an average vehicle, but the plow driver was able to spot them from the plow’s higher vantage point, a press release from the task force said.
Since it had been snowing and quite windy in the 24 hours before the discovery, there were no identifiable fresh tracks in the snow. All items have been placed into evidence at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.If you know anything about where the plants came from, call police or Summit County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-453-STOP (7867). Anonymous tipsters may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at email@example.com.
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