1,100 marijuana plants found in Idaho corn field

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 2 at 4:05 PM

TWIN FALLS -- Law enforcement officers making an aerial search for marijuana growing operations found a dozen plots in corn fields southwest of Jerome.

Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall says deputies and Idaho State Police investigators uprooted about 1,100 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $2.2 million on Wednesday. The grow operations were within about a two-mile radius of each other.

Detective Rick Cowen says none of the land owners were aware the marijuana plants were growing on their property.

Cowen says growers plant marijuana in the corn fields because they'll be irrigated along with the corn.

McFall says his office decided to do some flights searching for marijuana grows after about 6,500 plants were found in a corn field in Gooding County last week. He says they plan more flights.

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