|Authorities report progress in pot growing investigation |
|Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011 9:03 pm |
|By KEVIN BOWDEN |
It’s been two months since the discovery of a massive marijuana farm in western Obion County and the investigation is continuing by local, state and federal law enforcement officials.
Local law enforcement officials have maintained a cloak of silence about details involving their investigation into the marijuana operation.
“I can tell you the investigation is still very active and ongoing,” Chief Deputy Kent Treece with the Obion County Sheriff’s Department told The Messenger. “They are making some progress. Some of the pieces of the puzzle are coming together.”
The drug investigation division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation, along with the Drug Enforcement Administra-tion, the local sheriff’s department, the 27th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The 10-acre marijuana growing operation was originally discovered just west of Hornbeak by the local sheriff’s department on Oct. 10.
Authorities brought out an estimated 362,000 mature marijuana plants from the hilly area where the marijuana was being grown, cultivated and dried. Dump trucks had to be used to contain all the marijuana plants brought out from the wooded area by four-wheelers.
The confiscated marijuana was valued at $434 million and is considered one of the largest marijuana busts in the state’s history.
The intense investigation has involved processing evidence from the site, pursuing a variety of leads in the case and numerous interviews at the local sheriff’s department. To date, there have been no arrests made in the case.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 12.12.11