You put your weed in it and they take it out

Erie County’s annual hunt for marijuana left local law enforcement officers jonesing for more on Tuesday.
Courtney Astolfi
Aug 28, 2013
Erie County deputies joined officers from area police departments Tuesday afternoon to case the county for pot plants. In the end, they pulled 75 plants from a handful of cornfields — just a quarter the size of last year’s haul.

“We would’ve liked to get more, but it’s something,” Erie County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Papineau said. “It’s always a good day to get it off the street.”

Weather and timing were the likely culprits in this year’s meager harvest.    “There’s been a lot of rain and cold spells this season, and right around now is when they start harvesting,” Papineau said. Three deputies, two Sandusky officers and one Huron officer embarked on the mission shortly after noon, following a brief rain delay.

“It’s a countywide problem when it comes to drugs,” Papineau said. “We like to get agencies to work together.”

The crews began the hunt in Margaretta Township, steadily working south and east as a helicopter hummed overhead.

In the helicopter was an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent, tasked with spotting the growing plants from above and letting deputies know where to put their machetes to work.

“Further, further, now 25 rows in,” the agent directed.

The first stop yielded five stalks of marijuana. “We got about enough for one bowl,” one deputy joked, obstructed behind a maze of corn.

At Potter and Bragg roads they found another 29 plants, growing in large plastic tubs in the middle of a field. On Billings Road they scored another 38 plants. Each plant is worth about $1,000 after it’s dried, prepared and sold.

The vast majority of plants pulled Tuesday were rather small, with few or no buds, the part of the plant that’s commonly smoked.

The largest budding plants deputies found were indeed surrounded by corn, but in this case they were in a Boos Road resident’s backyard garden. “We have to dry it and get it weighed to determine if it’s a felony or misdemeanor amount,” Papineau said. Either way, the cultivators will likely face charges.

Normally deputies soak the plants in fuel and burn them when they’ve completed the search. But with so few plants pulled this time around, deputies instead chose to dry it out and secure it in the evidence locker.

All told, deputies destroyed $75,000 worth of marijuana Tuesday.

“To me, it was a good day,” Papineau said.

Comments

SamAdams

You're not going to get an argument on that point from ME! However, this is local which means we have the potential to have a material and quick effect just because we're that much closer to the source. One wasteful government boondoggle at a time. :-)

thinkagain

I see the dopers are out in force on this article.

Any time you need a drug to feel good or get through the day, there’s something missing in your life.

Only the truth can give you what you want.

Rosa

Do you have an occasional drink, perhaps a glass of wine with dinner, a beer watching a football game. That,personally, is my drug of choice. No difference. It is ridiculous that they spent one dime for that... worse than prohibition...

AEversole

Drove thru the park today and I didn't see not one bmw or Benz or any other super high dollar vehicles. A handfull of ten yr old caddilacs, but I did not at all see what a few of you were saying it was like.......maybe it was a off day lol.....or maybe you are just a raciest, that is suffering from his own transgretions and lack of character that it makes you feel better to bash everyone on fed assistance... most do work, and don't drive 50,000$ cars....your heartless shame is a perfect example on the work that still needs to be done in this country on economic equality for all that strive and put forth the effort and dedication needed for success, but that's just not happening

sandtown born a...

A lot of effort to call someone a racist, I personally know they are pretty accurate with a man laying up with a woman on assistance and he has a job not reported of course it's the new way to get what some feel they have coming to them oh and these people I speak of are both black and white. So much for the racial aspect of people screwing the very system that was put in place as A HELPING HAND NOT A WAY OF LIFE

red white and blue

May be you are the one in the suv funny I drive by everyday and its there.as far as being raciest do u know my color if u did ur comments would look pretty dum any more exscuses for the people on welfare more than they work? Didn't think so

red white and blue

Sandtown your right on target sad the welfare office is four blocks away yet can't seem to know that people ARE DRIVING NEWER CARS AND TRUCKS AND WORK A FULL TIME JOB WHILE THERE OTHER HALF COLLECTS! Sad that suv I speak of is right behind a house up front right were u turn in to the park its there everyday has been for about 6 months

tonto

JudgeMeNot: 1500 pounds? REALLY!!!!

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