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Sharp County law enforcement seizes marijuana plants

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sharp County Juvenile Probation officer Kevin Dienst, Deputy Gary Mitchell and Sheriff Mark Counts display a portion of the 23 marijuana plants seized in an Aug. 31 eradication effort.
Sharp County's annual marijuana eradication effort yielded 23 plants and two arrests on Aug. 31.

The Sharp County Sheriff's Department, in collaboration with Arkansas State Police, Third Judicial Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Civil Air Patrol from Jonesboro and Arkansas Game and Fish, participated in helicopter fly overs and ground survellience to detect marijuana growing in areas of the county.

The helicopters were provided by Camp Robinson Air Force Base in Jacksonville.

23 plants were pulled. Arrested were Christine Jurzyk, 33, of Ash Flat, cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and Jimmy Dean Rodgers, 37, of Evening Shade, charged with manufacture of a controlled substance.

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Twenty-three devil plants (with the heaviest parts being the root-balls attached) looks like "about" pounds of smokable.

"Apparently" it was a Blackhawk helo which - given the amount of daylight hours only cost the taxpayers "about" twenty-two [excluding the manpower costs] thousand dollars more than the six hundred dollars the smokable dope was worth. Not even the most dedicated dope-smoker willingly smokes dirt root-balls).

(For the uninformed tax-payer, Mexican pot can be purchased for as little as $450/pound - except for the "apparent" anti-pot busts, we're all getting, er, it starts with an "s" and sounds something like a phillips head in the end.)

Everybody screams about "wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars" but very few consider give a thought to comparisons. The law-enforcement community does precisely that - enforces the laws.

But very few consider which laws deserve being more focused on. Meth? Wrongful prescriptions?

Hang the practitioners of each.


Okay - but it makes more economic sense to use guys looking to place deer-stands and otherwise interested citizens than to use military assets.

Heck. In our counties, everybody knows what the neighbors are doing anyway - if it's such a big deal, just figure out how to report anonymously.

-- Posted by HDucker on Sat, Sep 10, 2011, at 1:13 AM

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