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Hundreds of marijuana plants located and destroyed in East Alabama

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - State and local narcotics officers have destroyed hundreds of marijuana plants, valued at nearly $400,000.  The plants were found in two different areas of Russell County during a marijuana eradication operation.

This week, eradication helicopter pilots spotted two large weed patches, growing in Russell County. This is the time of year when helicopter pilots with ABI and the National Guard join forces with local narcotics agents to fly over Alabama counties looking for marijuana plants.

 "We pulled 26 plants from the ground yesterday in Hurtsboro. Each plant is valued at $2,000, so that's $52,000 worth of plants on the streets," explained PAIN Narcotics Task Force agent, Mike Loyless.

 "We did make an arrest and when we did a search of the residence we found about a half a pound of dried out marijuana and packaging equipment in his residence," he said.

National Guard and public safety pilots get a birds eye view of Russell county, helping them lead ground agents to 144 plants off Walker Road. Agents cut and destroyed those plants, valued at two hundred and eighty-eight thousand dollars....

 "Getting more than a hundred plants does somebody some damage," Loyless said.

In all, Russell County's Drug Task Force and ABI agents destroyed close to two hundred plants, valued at $340,000. Pilots will continue to fly all over the state, searching and destroying plants, during the growing season.

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