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AGFC officers assist in marijuana seizure

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Last week, wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission took part in the seizure of an estimated 20,000 marijuana plants in eastern Stone County.

The Stone County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas National Guard and Drug Enforcement Administration were also involved in the seizure.

Officers were utilized as spotters in National Guard helicopters as they searched for clandestine marijuana growing operations.

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During the operation, 12 wildlife officers took part as aerial spotters and eradication ground crew members.

Officers used patrol vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and foot patrol to access the illegal marijuana plants.

The marijuana was located in remote areas of Stone County.

The complete removal of the plants took three days due to the rough terrain, dispersed location and the large number of marijuana plants.

The Stone County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration and AGFC wildlife officers are investigating.

In addition to this marijuana seizure, wildlife officers also were involved in marijuana eradication operations in Marion, Baxter, Searcy and Izard counties.

Marijuana plants also were discovered growing near a home in Searcy County.

An arrest is likely in that incident.

Wildlife officers consider the growing of illegal marijuana and other clandestine drug manufacturing operations to be a danger to the citizens and sportsmen of Arkansas.



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