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Large marijuana growing operation found in Van Buren County

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Courtesy: Van Buren County Sheriff's Dept. Courtesy: Van Buren County Sheriff's Dept.
Courtesy: Van Buren County Sheriff's Dept. Courtesy: Van Buren County Sheriff's Dept.

Police in Van Buren County say they've uncovered and destroyed a marijuana growing operation they believe contained $1.7 million dollars worth of marijuana.

The Van Buren County Sheriff's Department says the operation was uncovered in the 78000 Block of 38th Avenue in Covert Township on Friday after a tip. Detectives had to use ATVs to get to the area.

Detectives say 3 trees had been cut down and the area cleared to grow marijuana. They also found a large hole they believed was used as a water source, and empty fertilizer bags and empty food wrappers at a camp site.

Police say they destroyed more than 1700 marijuana plants, worth an estimated $1.7 million dollars.

Investigators believe this may be connected to another growing operation discovered about a half-mile away in August. 1781 plants were destroyed at that location.

So far, no suspects have been identified. Anyone with information should contact Van Buren County Sheriff's Department or Crime Stoppers.

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