BOONE COUNTY – A field containing over 74-thousand marijuana plants in southern Boone County could lead to the most serious crime classification in the state, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
Capt. Bob King says the marijuana plants confiscated were sent to the state Crime Lab for analysis, weighing in at around 6-thousand pounds.
He says drug trafficking can be applied if the weigh exceeds 500 pounds, and the Class Y felony can be punishable between 10 to 40 years in prison if convicted.
The sheriff’s department says it does have suspects in the case and stated the state and federal authorities are also investigating the case.
Sheriff Mike Moore and deputies from his department spotted the pot field from a National Guard helicopter last Wednesday, with the help of the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force. No arrests have been made in the case so far.