Marijuana Seizures on the Rise

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Inside a corn field in Jackson County's Grass Lake Township Tuesday, police found 22 six to nine foot tall marijuana plants.

"Typically they do use farm land, corn fields, swampy areas that can't be accessed, and where people don't check that often," Lt. Tim Gill, commander of the First District Drug Task Force, said.

Gill said late September and October is harvest time, not for farmers, but for growers who are illegally planting and growing marijuana outdoors.

Thanks to a tip in Grass Lake, police caught the two men in charge of the marijuana grow there. Weeks ago, police issued the help of the National Guard to seize 1,700 illegal plants.

"State-wide the numbers are up significantly from last year and last year they were up significantly from the year before," Gill said.

Just last week in Ingham County, Sheriff's deputies discovered a marijuana grow operation in a field just off of Harper road. There they found 22 plants worth an estimated $40,000 on the street.

"It's a little too early yet to tie these seizures to the new medical marijuana law that was passed two years ago," Gill said, "but we are seeing a number of the operations we find, people have the registration card."

But that's not enough to avoid prosecution in most cases because the law states you must have the plants in an enclosed, secure area.

Gill said police are hoping for more tips from the public and hopes hunters will be of assistance in the next few weeks all across the state.

"It just means more people in the woods and areas where they might find these types of operations," he said.

Call police if you find anything suspicious.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, there have been more than 35,000 individual marijuana plants seized outdoors in Michigan through August of this year, which is more than all of the plants seized all of last year.

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  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Oct 9, 2010 at 06:43 PM
    I don't smoke pot because I've tried it and don't really care for it myself, but let me tell you I know many folks who do, including family members of mine, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Unlike trying to talk or reason with a "drunk" person, you can have a perfectly normal conversation and interact with someone who just smoked pot. Just because I don't care for how the stuff makes me feel, I have absolutely no problem with people that do. They are the most peaceful, calm, intellectual, and laid back people you would ever know. I just wish society would stop treating them like criminals and leagalize the stuff already!
  • by LeAnn Location: Lansing on Oct 1, 2010 at 07:27 AM
    Gee, "Anonymous", that was one awesomely well thought out and well written response there. Thanks for that news flash that people taking sedative medications shouldn't operate heavy machinary or drive-just like it says on the bottle! Most people I know who "toke" actually drive a bit calmer when they've partaken. The worst risk would be all those low-speed crashes. It's amazing how many clueless people there seem to be out there. I agree that many need to stop listening to the propaganda out there and start doing some research into the truth. As they say, the truth really will set you free.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 at 02:06 PM
    People should not be doing anything like driving or working if you are doped up on oxycodone, valium and most of sedatives, narcotics and stimulents.
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Sep 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM
    "Anonymous" (9/29 7:59 pm) "Some of these idiot(s)"??? I hate to tell you but a lot of PEOPLE live extraordinary lives while using this substance which, prior to your ignorant opinion, doesn't impair them and actually quite often opens their minds up to enhanced creativity. Do you consider Carl Sagan an idiot? Is Bill Maher an idiot? I would say a resounding "NO" to both; one being one of the greatest scientific minds of the 20th Century and the other one an extremely well-spoken satirist with quite a mind for politics. Read part of my post again because what you're going on about is all part of the propaganda that's been shoved down too many people's throats since the 1920's. It's time to wake up here, in the modern century we're in, and let these old, outdated ideals be buried where they lay. I would feel much safer around a marijuana user than someone doped up on oxycodone, valium, or any other narcotic or muscle relaxer regularly taken by many.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    Most of us do not care what people do in their homes, but some of these idiot think they can live a normal life while using a substance that impairs their decision making. How many people have seen an impaired driver on the road or seen a coworker to impaired to operate machinery? We all have seen someone who took a little too much medication and did not act normal. Most of us would feel safer if all drugs and impairment causing items be removed from our lives.
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Sep 29, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    "Anonymous" (9/29 9:39 am), aren't you just the comedian? It's so hilarious to use a stereotype about marijuana users, like how lazy and stupid and out of it they are, and make it into an adorable little funny. Hardy-har. I hate to inform the general public, but you run into "users" every day, EVERY DAY, and you have no idea who they are. You'd probably have a minor stroke if you found out how many people you all probably know who use marijuana on a regular basis and live perfectly normal and productive lives; they support their families and communities, and they live, love and breathe just like everybody else. They just do it in a much more relaxed state. I can't wait for the sheep who have been lead by the propaganda-spouting shepherds to raise their little heads up and realize they've all been fed nothing but lies and led to hate people out of nothing but ignorance. Marijuana has been partaken of for CENTURIES by great men and women throughout our history; it's nothing new.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 at 06:39 AM
    (Johnny Appleweed) That’s funny! That’s not your real name is it? I have a couple of questions? Shouldn’t Appleweed be spelled with a hyphen? (hyphen means a small dash between words) Plus how did you find the comment button, I bet you stared at the page for hours before you found it? Sorry Man, just having fun with you.
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Sep 29, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    Yep, let's continue wasting tax dollar money on arresting people for growing something in nature; it's just sad they had to encroach on someone else's land. At best, this should be nothing but trespassing. Please continue to leave our meth houses alone, at least they're stirring up their dangerous chemicals in the privacy of their own homes. I hate those violent marijuana smokers, always shootin' up places, runnin' people off the road and such. Get those menaces right off the street, I tell ya!!!! Ridiculous is all this is.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    How does one recognize marijuana in the wild? What is the best way to destroy it?
  • by ken Location: lansing on Sep 29, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    How about busting real criminals? your always too late for that, but youre always busting people for unviolent crime. Wow! and its always on election year.Coincidence...I dont think so.
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