During the summer months, the Anson County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the SBI, often performs what Sheriff Tommy Allen calls “marijuana eradications” throughout rural areas of the county. Wednesday afternoon, after searching an area off Camden Road with helicopters provided by the N.C. Highway Patrol and N.C. National Guard, about a dozen plants were discovered in the back yard of a residence.
“We possibly have one suspect,” Sheriff Allen said. “Usually, the property owners have no idea it’s being grown there. Marijuana can grow in trees or in the woods. It can grow anywhere tomato plants can grow so it’s easy to keep hidden.”
The use of the helicopters does not cost the county any money, the sheriff pointed out. “They’re required to fly a certain number of hours anyway so it doesn’t cost the county a dime,” he said.
And, although marijuana eradication operations have in the past yielded hundreds of plants, Sheriff Allen said his officers “didn’t get that much” this time.
“It was maybe a dozen plants yesterday,” he said on Thursday morning. “They were pretty good-sized plants, but nothing like we’ve gotten in the past.”