Through a tip, agents of the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF), along with the Russellville Police Department, seized 16 marijuana plants Tuesday, July 19. Street value of these plants once matured would bring approximately $32,000. The plants were set out in buckets on the side of a wooded area located on Wright Lane in Russellville.
Jacky Hunt, director of the SCKDTF, said the perpetrator(s) were most likely about to set the plants out when someone stumbled upon them.
“We would like to have someone come forward with information on who these plants belong to,” said Hunt. “Any information we receive is totally anonymous. Also, a monetary reward could be obtained for information leading up to the arrest of those responsible for the plants. And this would also be anonymous.”
Hunt said his task force relies on community support to help find, arrest and convict those who are involved in illegal drug activity.
“We look to the community to help us out,” Hunt said. “We depend on citizens to give us a call if they see something that could possibly be illegal. Anytime someone gives us a complaint, we will investigate it and their information will remain anonymous. They can even be paid for that information through CrimeStoppers, so they can actually make money and know one will know they supplied the information.”
Hunt said a lot of marijuana plants are already set out and are growing, but there are still some growers that haven’t set theirs out yet. Harvest for marijuana is sometime in the fall when the corn crop is cut. Some, said Hunt, leave their marijuana out until it frosts.
When marijuana is found, the task force will take samples and send them off to a laboratory for identification. After there is no further need for the marijuana, it will be destroyed by burning.
Anyone caught with over five marijuana plants, it is considered a felony offence.
This case is still under investigation. If anyone has any information or tips, please contact the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force at 270-725-4972.
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