Marijuana plants seized in rural Polk County

Local law enforcement agencies last week seized nearly 4,000 marijuana plants in both Polk and Haralson Counties. According to Polk County Sheriff Kelly McLendon, his department, along with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Georgia National Guard Raid Unit, and others participated in the search. Reports state that most of the confiscated plants were found along the Polk and Haralson border, growing in extremely rural and hard to access areas. Sheriff McLendon estimates the street value could be close to a million dollars, though no official amount has been determined. The searches were prompted by several complaints and others were found by flying overhead. No arrests have been made yet, but officials say that several seized marijuana plants are being held for evidence while some was destroyed. McLendon also said that these areas have long been prone to frequent use for cultivation of marijuana.