York County drug agents Monday seized more than 1,500 marijuana plants worth between $3 million and $4 million. The 1,571 plants were recovered in an aerial eradication operation between the York and Cherokee County borders. Lt. Mike Ligon with the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit says recent rains have help pot growers thrive. Some of the plants were up to 8 feet tall.
Ligon says these types of farms tend to pop up in sparsely populated areas and that there is actually a marijuana growing season. Several busts in excess of $100,000 worth of the drug have taken place this summer.
No arrests have yet been made, but Ligon says a number of Hispanic farmers have been found growing the drug. Ligon says these types of farms tend to pop up in sparsely populated areas.
Reported by Andrew Kiel, WRHI