Eastern Shore Sheriff’s Dept. Harvests $1.45M in 10-foot Tall Pot Plants

The Eastern Shore sure has some fertile land.

The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department harvested fields of pot plants in mid-October that looked like ten-foot tall Christmas trees. The street value of this crop was estimated at $1.45 million. And once cut, the marijuana shrubs filled several trucks and a van.

714 adult marijuana plants cut down by law officers (Photo courtesy Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force)
714 adult marijuana plants cut down by law officers (Photo courtesy Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force)

The sheriff’s office says they came across the plants in mid-August. They don’t say how, but it was on 15 acres near Chesterville, Maryland, owned by a Delaware family. The land has a large home and numerous outbuildings that have been sitting vacant for several years.

“The property was overgrown and the home had been entirely covered in plywood,” according to the sheriff’s report.

Google satellite image of pot growing area near Chesterville
The marijuana plants were found in a wooded area between farm fields in the Elk River area (Google Map satellite image)
Google Earth map of property where 714 adult pot plants were found growing on the Eastern Shore
Google Earth satellite image of property where 714 adult pot plants were found growing on the Eastern Shore

Officers from several agencies staked out the property but they didn’t see anyone coming or going, although there was a pit bull at the entrance to the marijuana fields to discourage entrance from the rear of the property.

After waiting for several days, they got search warrant and busted into the house where they found a grow-area in the basement. They also found a small amount of processed pot along with a heat sealer and gallon-sized plastic bags.

Law enforcement borrowed a backhoe from a neighboring farm to bust into the outdoor marijuana plots. They counted 714 adult plants ranging from six- to ten-feet heigh.

Pot plants found growing in the area of Chesterville Bridge Road
Pot plants found growing in the area of Chesterville Bridge Road (Photo courtesy Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force)
The plants had an estimated street value of $1,450,000 (Photo courtesy Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force)
The plants had an estimated street value of $1,450,000 (Photo courtesy Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force)

“The plants were well cared for and had a homemade irrigation and fertilizer system in place. Many of the plants were of an exotic variety and were only several weeks away from being harvested,” reports the sheriff’s department.

The plants were hauled away to be destroyed. The pit bull has been adopted. And, the search continues for the growers. They left some stuff behind in the house. Officers are trying to track ’em down.

 

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