3-month investigation leads to 3rd large pot bust in Clark County

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office removed more than 100 marijuana plants from a barn Tuesday afternoon after a three-month investigation into the growing operation in Mad River Twp.

Deputies began searching at a home and a barn in the 5500 block of Fairfield Pike about about 10 a.m., Maj. Rusty Garman said.

The 109 plants were located in a barn next to the home. The estimated value of the plants is more than $200,000, according to deputies.

Marijuana, cash and a firearm were also found on the property. PVC pipe and butane canisters likely used to manufacture marijuana concentrate, or hash oil, was also found in the barn, Garman said.

No arrests were made as deputies await evidence to be tested and weighed by BCI, he said. Once results are submitted, the case will likely be taken to the grand jury for an indictment.

A man and woman were at the home with their two young children, Garman said. Clark County Children Services was also called to the home to investigate the welfare of the children, he said.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office, R.A.N.G.E Task Force and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in the execution of the search warrant, Garman said.

The bust is the third large growing operation found in Clark County in the past 12 months, including about 500 plants worth about $1 million found in five rental properties throughout the county last year. In February, about 250 plants were removed from a large service garage on North Hampton road in Pike Twp.

Technology has allowed the sheriff’s office to better investigate these types of operations, he said. The public also sent in tips, Garman said.

“We started putting the puzzle pieces together and they all came together today,” he said.