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$84M in marijuana plants seized in Harnett County

Posted June 11, 2008

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— A marijuana eradication effort in western Harnett County turned up an estimated $84 million in plants growing in a wooded area near Broadway, authorities said Wednesday.

With assistance from a state Highway Patrol helicopter, Harnett County deputies, State Bureau of Investigation agents and members of the North Carolina National Guard Drug Team located eight plots off Womack Road that contained a total of 35,000 marijuana plants, authorities said.

The plants were 1 to 4 feet high and were worth an estimated $84 million, authorities said.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday morning, but authorities said investigators seized equipment to water and fertilize the plants and to protect them from animals and insects.


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  • slaterric Jun 13, 2008

    I used to smoke cigarattes but packed them in about 10 years back.
    I smoke a bit of the wacky stuff myself now and again, nothing
    wrong with it.
    I got to go to Amsterdam a couple of years back.
    I got to smoke all varieties and strengths of the stuff. Had a blast
    and did not have to worry about being caught as it is legal there.
    As for all the facts and figures about cancer, my grandmother smoked until she died at age 87, not from cancer.

  • NCTeacher4327 Jun 13, 2008


    I have researched the long-term effects of marijuana use. In many studies, it has shown that marijuana users are more likely to get cancer b/c it contains higher amounts of some of the same toxins that are found in cigarettes.

    I'm very glad that you're proud to be a pothead who can pay your pay your bills, but you can rest assured that I don't leave comments unless I know what I'm talking about. Maybe you would have time to do your own research if you weren't too busy smoking weed daily.

  • mrcrescentfresh Jun 12, 2008


    I agree with some of your statements and disagree with others. It is likely that the amount reported is a projected amount, and i find your take on this to be spot on.

    I disagree with your outlook on the recreational marijuana use. While carcinogens are present, long term use of smoking marijuana has never been established as the cause of cancer in any individual. Feel free to research this thoroughly, you may be surprised. Respiratory illness is a possibility, but is equal to that of cigarettes which also are directly linked to cancer, seemingly the worse of evils. The ability to control oneself is less affected by pot use than alcohol, as is permanent damage to short-term memory. short term memory loss is a short-term effect created by pot use and subsides after a few months. I, too, have smoked pot daily for many years. Graduated with two degrees in a technical field and have been promoted numerous times. I own my home and pay all my bills.

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  • NCTeacher4327 Jun 11, 2008

    Chevelle--I applaud your comments.

    A lot of people are up in arms about the estimated value of these plants. Is it possible that the stated amount could be the PROJECTED amount? For instance, maybe that's what the plants would potentially produce if they grew until the proper harvesting time (I know nothing about growing weed). Just a thought.

    As for those of you who feel that this is a big joke and marijuana is no big deal, I think you need to find a new hobby, aside from being a pothead. The persistent and long term effects of smoking weed include loss of short term memory, respiratory illnesses, and the possibility of cancer. Granted, cigarette smoking can also cause respiratory issues and cancer, but people don't lose the ability to control themselves or function properly as a result of smoking a cigarette.

    For those of you that want to legalize weed, you really need to consider the ramifications of this act. it does lead to harder drugs.

  • k9sandQtrs Jun 11, 2008

    Ok... I was wondering why we were getting constantly 'buzzed' a few weeks ago by some small plane.
    So, um, can the county build a new animal shelter w/ the proceeds? ;)

  • denverbob234 Jun 11, 2008

    RaleighRocks, same here, smoke every day, credit score is 818 at last look (2 weeks ago) nicest yard on the block, nice cars, 06 and 99, money in the bank, and like you said etc. Pot is not bad, people are just stupid and don't take responsibilty for their actions so they blame the pot for their bad decissions and stupid actions.
    Fire it up bro

  • Common Sense Man Jun 11, 2008

    "I have a friend in law enforcement that swears that children born to mothers who smoke pot have horiffic birth defects.

    That is total hogwash but apparently they are taught that to make themselves feel righteous when busting potheads."

    I'm in law enforcement and I have never heard that. And I have never been "taught" anything when it comes to "busting potheads." All charges are at my discretion. I've never had anyone push me to make any types of arrests, much less weed arrest.

  • Common Sense Man Jun 11, 2008

    "But honestly, if you had to pick the worst of the evils, would it be pot?"

    Of course not. I'd say most cops don't really care about weed that much, especially busting users. If I charged everyone I came into contact with it would be a complete waste of time. If I find a dealer, so be it, I charge him but I certainly don't beat my chest about it.

  • Travised Jun 11, 2008

    I agree with the earlier comments. The plants are worthless. They weigh them stalk, root, and all dripping wet. One foot tall it is the same as an unwanted weed you would pull from your yard. you can't use it for anything.

    For those who care, Read Professor (PHD Harvard) Les Grinspoon's book on the plant. He intended to disprove it had any value and in the process found out it COULD help on the medical side.

    I won't argue they located a large patch, just that it is worthless at it's stage of maturity.

    If this country would think smart, they would allow HEMP to be used for a fuel source. However that resembles cannabis that goes against the grain. What they don't realize is allowing hemp to be grown would mess up any illegal drug growers in the pollination contamination (turn their plants to hemp).

    I'm also one of the supporters to try and have the states legalize cannabis for medical use. Already a dozen states have done such.