Workers were walking along a remote path in a wooded area south of Staunton on Wednesday afternoon when the distinct aroma of a plant caught their attention. After a brief search, the workers came across a small crop of plants growing amongst the overgrown weeds. The 31 plants found were of the genus species Cannabis sativa, otherwise known as marijuana.
The unidentified workers went to Staunton's City Hall where they found Deputy Town Marshall Rick Swearingen Jr., who contacted the Clay County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's Chief Deputy Doug Barr contacted the Indiana State Police's Marijuana Eradication Team of Terre Haute, composed of State Troopers Jared Nicoson and Rich Reynolds. Barr said, it was fortunate that the eradication team happened to be in the area, leading to the quick actions that occurred once all were on the scene. The plants were extracted and taken to be disposed of in a controlled environment.
Marijuana plants are commonly planted in fields to help disguise them from sight and ownership. The planters of the marijuana typically return to reap their crop just before the field is to be harvested.
Persons finding a suspected crop of marijuana should contact their local law enforcement agency as soon as possible.