Over 2,200 marijuana plants were harvested in Macon County


An investigation by the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication Unit flew over Macon County last week on August 31 and September 1, and along with the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, harvested over 2,200 marijuana plants across the county.

The Unit’s helicopter flew over the county and when plants were spotted a ground team would harvest the plants. The plants were taken back to MCSO where a partial amount of the plants were taken into evidence and the rest were destroyed by the eradication unit.

The Unit flew all over Macon County, however the majority of the plants were found in the east side of the county.

An investigation will ensue to find the growers of the marijuana.

Founded in 1983, the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication (GTFME) is a partnership between TBI, the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Tennessee National Guard. Throughout the year, the Task Force seeks out marijuana grow operations and arrests individuals who knowingly participate in this illegal activity.

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Sheriff Gammons, Major Griggs, Detectives Shane Reed and Donnie Crawford with other members of the SO and the Eradication Unit were preparing the plants to be destroyed.
http://maconcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_DSC01293-1.jpgSheriff Gammons, Major Griggs, Detectives Shane Reed and Donnie Crawford with other members of the SO and the Eradication Unit were preparing the plants to be destroyed.

These plants were destroyed by fire.
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The Eradication Unit’s helicopter flew over Macon County during a 2-day investigation.
http://maconcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_DSC01302-1.jpgThe Eradication Unit’s helicopter flew over Macon County during a 2-day investigation.

By Kelly Rich

krich@civitasmedia.com

 

Reach Kelly Rich at 615-666-2440.

 

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