By Portia Williams
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. — Deputies from the Greenup County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) discovered 50 marijuana plants growing in a rural area of Greenup County on Thursday.
Following up on a an anonymous tip, GCSO deputies launched a searched Wednesday for plants containing illegal growth in the rural area Oldtown area of Rt. 1 in Greenup County. Deputy Matt Smith said the search ended on Thursday with the findings being 50 marijuana plants. Deputies Larry Pancake and Ryan Houston assisted Smith in the search.
“This came off of an anonymous tip, which is the way that we find most of these marijuana plot anymore. Sometimes someone will get mad at another person and turn them in, that is really about the only way that we can find most of the plants,” Smith said. “There is a lot more of out there, I am sure and a lot more where this came from. They are getting pretty good at hiding it.”
He said the Kentucky State Police are a larger entity which helps them on occasion to locate illegal growths.
“It is can of hard for us to find the plants unless we get a helicopter and fly but that is harder for us, because we are a smaller department, and we just don’t have all of the resources as the larger departments,” he said. “The state police fly all of time, and if we get a tip and are unable to find it, then we give it to them and hope that they can find it.”
He said continuing to launch searches to dismantle the illegal activity is extremely important to their department.
“Marijuana is a gateway drug. It is just a start for more horrible drugs that are out there, and once people get tired of it for using it so long they’re going to try something else. That is why they call it the gateway drug, and they have for years, because in some cases it leads to drugs of a worse choice, such as pills, and heroin,” he said.
The GCSO is prepared to take full action against those who choose to grow marijuana plants.
“If we can catch the people that are growing this, we are going to seize their vehicles, their four wheelers, or whatever we can. We are going to prosecute them to the fullest extent that the law will allow,” he said. “We will continue to launch these kinds of searches and take the steps needed to deal with this problem.”
GCSO urges anyone with information regarding the growth of illegal plants to call the department at 606-473-7037. All information will remain anonymous.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-370-0712 or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.