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Air search yields 30 marijuana plants

Air search yields 30 marijuana plants

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Goochland sheriff’s deputies have seized 30 marijuana plants found after an air search on Tuesday.

The Governor’s Initiative Against Narcotics Trafficker’s (GIANT) task force, composed of officers from several state agencies and a helicopter from the Virginia National Guard, conducted air searches in western Goochland with information supplied by investigators from the Goochland Sheriff’s Office.

Goochland investigator Stanley Mayo, a trained air spotter, directed Goochland and Powhatan deputies on land to a home at 3130 Lowry Road after he saw numerous marijuana plants in the backyard of the home.

The plants were scattered throughout the yard, authorities said, and mixed with various other vegetation.

Goochland County Sheriff James L. Agnew said the task force assists local authorities in searching for drugs from the air annually. He said the help was invaluable for agencies like Goochland’s which couldn’t afford aircraft on their own.

“These plants are a lot easier to spot from the air — especially with thick vegetation around them,” Agnew said.

The marijuana plants are currently being dried and will be sent to the crime lab for analysis, according to Agnew. Each fully matured plant amounts to about 1 pound of marijuana on the streets, which typically sells for around $1,000, he added.

The sheriff’s office will seek indictments before a grand jury for manufacturing marijuana and other drug charges for at least two persons in connection with the seizure, Agnew said.

The landowner could not be contacted as of press time.

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