Platte County authorities destroy marijuana field near KCI

Authorities in Platte County destroyed a multimillion-dollar marijuana  growing operation Saturday.  The eradication of a “clandestine marijuana grow” began early Saturday  morning, said a Platte County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.  By late afternoon law enforcement personnel were still using saws to cut down  the plants, said Capt. Erik G. Holland.

Authorities Saturday estimated the value of the marijuana as being between $2  million and $4 million.  By late afternoon an estimated 3,000 plants had been destroyed, but a more  precise count will not be available until next week.  While authorities initially learned of the field in April when mushroom  hunters stumbled across it, they chose to wait until the plants were more ready  to be harvested, Holland said, adding that no arrests had been made in  connection to the eradication.

The field’s approximate location was near NW Farley Hampton and North  Brightwell roads, southwest of Kansas City International Airport, Holland  said.  The operation, he added, was “typical of the type being used by Mexican drug  trafficking organizations.”  One similarity between those operations and the one destroyed Saturday was  its location near an airport. Such locations allow growers to become more  familiar with varieties of aircraft, including those used by law enforcement,  Holland said.

There was no netting of any kind over the marijuana, Holland said, but it had  been planted in a wooded area and enjoyed a natural canopy.  The county sheriff’s office was the lead agency on the operation, assisted by  the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Kansas City Police Department and Kansas  City International Airport police.

via : Kansas City Star

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