1,200 marijuana plants found growing in remote section of Unicoi Co.

Hundreds of marijuana plants, grown in Unicoi County, are now destroyed.

Some say it’s time to legalize marijuana, but it’s a safe bet the Unicoi County Sheriff is not one of them.


Tuesday, Sheriff Mike Hensley and his officers found 1,200 marijuana plants growing in a remote section of the county, off the old Asheville Highway near the North carolina border. So remote – the sheriff’s office got help from Tennessee Highway Patrol and its helicopter pilot to find the so-called pot plantation. Deputies said that whomever is growing the plant had cut brush so they could accommodate a large number of plants.

Investigators said this is a substantial grow operation with more than 1,200 marijuana plants between 4-6 feet tall. The evidence was collected by deputies and then destroyed.

Deputies said the person responsible for the grow operation is still under investigation. Investigators told News Channel 11, it is a felony to grow marijuana in the state of Tennessee. Because the operation was on federal property, deputies said the feds could also prosecute.

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