Elaborate marijuana cultivating operation burns


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Photo submitted Agents of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF) had to wear self-contained breathing apparatus gear to clean a marijuana growing operation found in Russellville.


Photo submitted Pictured are remnants of what was left after a fire was extinguished inside a trailer in Russellville where a marijuana cultivating operation was located.


Photo submitted Agents from the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force clean up an elaborate marijuana growth operation.


Photo submitted Most of a trailer in Logan Estates was melted from a fire that broke out Tuesday, May 17.


A significant marijuana growing operation was discovered Tuesday, May 17, however, most of it went up in smoke when a fire ripped through a trailer at Logan Estates off the Emerson By-pass in Russellville.

Lot #E-15, for the most part, was nothing more than a place to grow marijuana, said Jacky Hunt, Director of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF). The two-bedroom trailer was being rented by someone from out of town. Most of the trailer held hydroponic planters.

“We found a few plants, but most were burned up,” said Hunt. “This is planting season for marijuana.”

The initial report came from the Russellville City Fire Department, who were called out to a structure fire, but while extinguishing it discovered the growth operation.

The fire department requested assistance from the task force, who upon arriving found they had to suit up in their self-contained breathing apparatus gear to clean the growth up.

Through further investigation, agents dismantled a very elaborate setup capable of cultivating 250 plants or more inside the house trailer.

“We already have good leads on a couple of suspects,” said Hunt. “This was a very significant growth operation with a possibility of making hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Hunt said he is thankful to the members of the Russellville Fire Department for their keen attention while fighting the fire. He said they noticed immediately there was something in the trailer that was suspicious and contacted the task force right away.

The task force confiscated a motorcycle and a zero radius mower at the scene. The case is still ongoing.

Photo submitted Agents of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF) had to wear self-contained breathing apparatus gear to clean a marijuana growing operation found in Russellville.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_0579.jpgPhoto submitted Agents of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF) had to wear self-contained breathing apparatus gear to clean a marijuana growing operation found in Russellville.

Photo submitted Pictured are remnants of what was left after a fire was extinguished inside a trailer in Russellville where a marijuana cultivating operation was located.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSCN3194.jpgPhoto submitted Pictured are remnants of what was left after a fire was extinguished inside a trailer in Russellville where a marijuana cultivating operation was located.

Photo submitted Agents from the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force clean up an elaborate marijuana growth operation.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSCN3205.jpgPhoto submitted Agents from the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force clean up an elaborate marijuana growth operation.

Photo submitted Most of a trailer in Logan Estates was melted from a fire that broke out Tuesday, May 17.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSCN3197.jpgPhoto submitted Most of a trailer in Logan Estates was melted from a fire that broke out Tuesday, May 17.

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By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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