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Flying Deputies Spot Pot Worth $15 Million

Posted August 18, 2006 4:45 a.m. EDT

— Thousands of marijuana plants worth more than $15 million were discovered Friday in rural Wayne County, authorities said.

About 7,000 plants ranging in size from 10 inches to 7 feet tall were found in a wooded area about four miles north of the Goldsboro Airport, authorities said.

The plants were found as Wayne County deputies conducted a routine aerial inspection, authorities said. So far this year, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office has confiscated more than $100 million in marijuana.

No one has been charged yet in the latest discovery.