Drought hurting marijuana crop; less that 100 plant found during county eradication

The blazing heat and drought has burned up crops throughout the county and marijuana is no exception.

Annual eradication efforts in fields throughout the county this week resulted in the more than 80 plants being spotted and cut down.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said the size of the plants are smaller than those found in past years.

“I guess the current drought we are experiencing is not just hurting our legitimate, hard-working farmers, but seems to be also taking its toll on the poor drug dealers, too. What a shame,” Jones said

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office spearheads the annual state-wide marijuana eradication effort. On Monday, the sheriff’s aviation unit and investigators focused on Butler County.

Using spotters from the air, ground units are guided to areas where marijuana plants area observed growing. Seven different locations scattered throughout the county were identified and targeted.

It is difficult to have enough evidence to make formal arrests because land owners are often unaware of grow operations on their properties, but it is anticipated further investigation will likely result in at least two arrests later this year, according to sheriff deputies.

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