Marijuana plants seized from area fields

One hundred and eight-five marijuana plants were pulled from Seneca County fields Friday as part of the state’s annual marijuana eradication.

Sgt. Don Joseph of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and lead investigator of the eradication, said a helicopter from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office led law enforcement to the marijuana plants, which were found hidden in hollowed-out areas in area corn fields.

“From the air, they’re in plain view, giving us the authority to get the plants,” Joseph said.

Joseph said the plants were found sporadically across the county. He said the value of the plants is estimated around $158,000.

Last year, a two-day eradication yielded 229 marijuana plants. Joseph said the growing season this year started late because of the weather, yielding smaller marijuana plants.

Joseph said farmers many times aren’t even aware of marijuana plants being grown in their fields.

Law enforcement from the Tiffin Police Department, the Fostoria Police Department, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, the Green Springs Police Department and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification assisted with the eradication Friday, which lasted about five hours, Joseph said. Interns from Tiffin University and Bowling Green University also assisted.