Reported by Casey Roman - bio|email Posted by Debra Worley - email
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County Sheriff's deputies have found a large marijuana farm on Highway 211 in the Green Swamp.
According to Lt. Marty Folding with the Narcotics Unit, the sheriff's office received a tip about the farm earlier in the week and found it when their helicopter flew over the area.
Lt. Folding said this is one of Brunswick County's largest marijuana farms and looks like a professional crop.
"This set up here is indicative of somebody who wants a good quality marijuana plant and a large volume of it," said Folding.
Drug enforcement officers discovered about 100 marijuana plants growing in the area, some standing as high as 10 feet tall. They also located a camp site used to spend the night and to dry out the plants.
"This is probably the most extravagant I've ever seen these folks know what they're doing and they're in it for the money," said Folding.
Folding said the person(s) responsible for the farm used a gas irrigation pump to pull water from a stream about 75 yards away.
The marijuana will be bagged and collected as evidence and the people who grew it could face years in prison.
Recently the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has been questioned about the costs of operating the helicopter. They say using the chopper is worth the price.
Authorities say the pot plants were hidden so well, it took an aerial view to find them. If teams had gone first on foot, the cost in man hours and time would have been much more expensive.