190 Pot Plants Pulled

NEW KNOXVILLE — Law enforcement officials last week pulled close to 200 marijuana plants from corn fields across the county.

In a news release issued this morning, Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said a total of 190 marijuana plants valued between $10,000 and $15,000 were pulled from area fields. With the assistance of The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Lake Drug Task Force the plants were located and pulled. The majority of the plants were pulled from corn fields north east of the village of New Knoxville and north east of Kossuth.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office provided the pilot and the helicopter while BCI provided manpower to help spot and pull the plants. Grand Lake Task Force members and deputies worked on the ground pulling the plants as they were located.

“The Grand Lake Drug Task Force and The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and local police are working hard to combat the drug problems in this county," Solomon said in a news release. "We are getting those who sell it, use it or grow it. These are local Law Enforcement combating the local drug issues that the people of this county pay us to combat and we will continue to do so.”  

The Grand Lake Drug Task Force is made up of local law enforcement officers from sheriff’s offices and police departments from Auglaize and Mercer counties.

The confiscated plants will be held as evidence for possible criminal charges on the persons who planted them.  All will be destroyed eventually.