The South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force destroyed its biggest pot fields of 2012 on Sunday.
The field was located on Turner Road, about eight miles north of Russellville in the Chandlers area.
There was a total of 80 marijuana plants growing on the property. At the time they were destroyed, they were three to four feet tall.
The plants would have been valued at $120,000 once they reached maturity.
“We have found more pot fields than usual this year, but this one was the biggest one yet,” said South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force director Jerry Smith. “The plants were scattered all throughout an open field, We watched it for a few days, but found out somebody had come in there and pulled up some of the plants, so we just went ahead and destroyed the whole thing.”
Smith said that a mature plant can yield up up a pound to a pound and a half of marijuana and law enforcements estimates have marijuana selling for $1,500 to $2,000 per pound.
The patch was well tended, Smith said. Each plant had freshly tilled dirt around it and was likely sprayed with pesticides to keep bugs away.
No arrests have been made yet.
“We have a couple of suspects,” Smith said. “Right now we’re working on trying to get enough evidence to charge them.”
Smith said that since the marijuana was being cultivated on someone else’s property, it is hard to prove just who the plants belonged to.
“If there’s a trail leading from a house to the field where it’s growing, that’s pretty good evidence,” Smith said. “But this was a pretty good way from where they live.”
Marijuana growers often use fields that belong to unsuspecting land owners to cultivate their illegal plants.
“My grandmother had some grown on her farm one time,” Smith said. “The state police found it when they were out flying and looking for it. She didn’t have any idea it was there because she was up in her years and couldn’t get out and look at the land anymore.”
Smith said that anyone with information about this - or any other marijuana field - should call the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force at 725-4972. You do not have to give your name, only your information.