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8,400 pot plants seized

Thursday, August 14, 2008

About 40 acres of land containing more than 8,400 marijuana plants was converged on by various law enforcement agencies in eastern Izard County on Aug. 5.

Four arrests were made in the raid, and two who fled the scene were later captured and arrested in Sharp County on Aug. 7. The six arrested were of Hispanic origin and did not have local addresses.

According to an Izard County Sheriff's Department press release on Aug. 8, the land where the marijuana was located was about 200 yards east of Antioch Baptist Church.

According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, the plants were spotted on Monday by officers from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Lawrence said the living conditions the marijuana farmers were exposed to were extreme.

Officers from the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, Arkansas Department of Correction, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Izard County Sheriff's Department were all involved in the seizure of the marijuana plants and the arrests.

The street value of the plants at maturity is estimated to be about $8 million. The case has been turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration who will pursue federal charges.

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