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Deputies strip $300K of marijuana from Erie County fields

Emil Whitis • Aug 31, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Somewhere in Erie County this morning, a marijuana grower is fuming mad.  In a pre-planned drug hunt Thursday, law enforcement officers plucked 300 marijuana plants from farm fields and river bottoms throughout Erie County.

They then cut and stacked the plants, doused them in diesel fuel and, with the flick of a lighter, burned them into oblivion.    

“It was about the size of a large campfire,” Erie County Sheriff’s Detective Paul DeFazio said. “But the smoke would have told a different story.”   

Erie County deputies spearheaded the project in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General’s office, and they also got some help from a Butler County

Sheriff’s helicopter and crews from several local law enforcement agencies.

End result: about $300,000 worth of marijuana up in smoke. 

For an account of the full day's marijuana eradication activities, pick up a copy of Friday's Register.

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