SIDNEY — Approximately $97,000 worth of illegal marijuana was seized during a marijuana eradication effort on behalf of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, according to a press release from Chief Deputy Sheriff James Frye.
On Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, Deputies, in conjunction with agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, as well as a pilot from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, conducted searches using air and ground support in various locations throughout Shelby County, the press release states.
During the course of the day, four plants were located in Jackson Township, which led to a search warrant being issued at an undisclosed residence.
According to the release, inside the residence, detectives located marijuana processing equipment, approximately four pounds of processed marijuana, marijuana liquid processing equipment, THC liquid for vaping devices, 50 vaping devices containing approximately 1 gram of liquid THC, with a 90 percent THC concentration, valued at approximately $75 each, and approximately $600 in cash.
Marijuana plants were also located at two different locations in Washington Township, with the eradication team locating 27 plants at the first location and 61 plants at the second location.
Along with the 27 plants, detectives also located three large containers of processed marijuana, weighing approximately 1 pound. Detectives were able to identify the owner of the 27 plants. The 61 plants were in an area unidentifiable for ownership of the plants, the release states.
The street value of the plant is approximately $1,000 per plant. For a total of 92 plants seized, the street value is estimated to be $92,000. Along with about 5 pounds of processed marijuana from the two locations, the day yielded approximately $97,000 worth of illegal marijuana.
Investigations are still pending and the cases will be presented to the Shelby County Prosecutor for review.