Patrol weeded out 7,000 southeast Missouri pot plants this summer

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | 11:07 a.m. CDT

POPLAR BLUFF — The Missouri State Highway Patrol's marijuana eradication team has seized about 7,000 suspected marijuana plants in the Missouri Bootheel region since the start of the summer.

Trooper B.R. Arnold told the Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic that the haul included 38 plants found growing in a ditch near the St. Francis River near Campbell. The patrol set up cameras and videotaped a suspect tending to the plants. When authorities went to his home, they found more marijuana there.

All told, 10 people are facing 18 felony charges related to marijuana in the in a 16-county area of southeast Missouri.


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