It was a garden in the middle of the woods. A garden with a lush, impressive but illegal crop of marijuana. Thursday afternoon, the Belmont County Drug Task Force did the harvesting.
They got an anonymous tip, so they took officers on ATVs into the woods. They found 56 marijuana plants, all three-to-four-feet tall. It was one-half mile outside the Martins Ferry City Limits, along Ferry View Road. They were about 200 feet into the woods.
“The Drug Task Force was contacted and they brought in the PD as well as the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office. And we went up and looked for it, and found it growing in the woods. It was camouflaged. It had wires intertwined in the plant and it was cut out into an area probably 50 foot square area in the woods on a hillside,” said Sgt. Bob Walton.
Police say the plants were apparently started as seedlings in red Solo cups, then transplanted in the woods. The cups were still there, labeled with the variety of each plant. They say 56 plants at that size were probably worth $52,000.
Police didn’t catch the owners, but they say taking their plants was probably punishment enough.