The South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force found another marijuana field this week, and while it was much smaller, it may be connected to the huge field the agency found and destroyed two weeks ago, director Jerry Smith said.
On Tuesday, the task force found five marijuana plants growing eight miles north of Russellville on Anderson Road in the Bucksville community.
“It’s the same general area as the other field,” Smith said. “It was pretty close to it.”
The previous pot field had a 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.
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 in connection to the first bust, but Smith said he his office has a suspect for the latest find and will be taking the evidence to the grand jury for an indictment.
“This suspect we have now is going to have a hard time saying it wasn’t his,” Smith said.
Smith said that the marijuana was not growing in the suspect’s yard, but that it was in an adjoining field with a path leading out to it from the suspect’s property.
Smith said he was not sure if the two marijuana fields are related or not.
“It’s a possibility,” he said. “It’s hard to say though.”
Smith added 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.