UPDATE: Large Marijuana Grow Discovered in Dane Co.

UPDATED Tuesday, October 5, 2010 --- 5:00 p.m.
By: Barclay Pollak

Over the weekend a town of Mazomanie farmer was in his fields harvesting his crops when he came across more than 800 high quality marijuana plants.

The plants were discovered along a creek between two fields.

Officials say the plant's were strategically placed on the property and wouldn't have been easily detected.

The amount and value of the plants is uncommon.

But according to officials finding marijuana grows this time of year on or near a farm isn't that strange.

Elise Schaffer with the Dane County Sheriff's Department says, " This is something that our narcotics and gang task force comes upon almost every year and it's usually this time of year when the farmers are out harvesting their crops when they notice it. "

The farmer who discovered the grow has been cleared of any wrong doing.

NBC-15 did contact those involved to see if they'd be willing to talk to us but they declined.

Off camera they did tell us this year's harvest came a little earlier and they think that's why they found the grow.

Officials don't have any suspects at this time. They are asking anyone with information about to contact the Dane County Sheriff's Department.
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UPDATED Tuesday, October 5, 2010 --- 12:51 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have dismantled a marijuana grow spread across two town of Mazomanie cornfields.

The Dane County Sheriff's Department says the landowner discovered the grow on Saturday while harvesting corn from the fields in the town of Mazomanie.

Deputies dismantled the grow on Monday. They counted 810 plants worth at least $400,000.

They say they have no suspects.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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Posted Tuesday, October 5, 2010 --- 12:11 p.m.

Release from the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force:

Corn Harvest Yields More Than Just Corn

Madison, WI – October 5, 20010 - On Monday, Oct. 4th, the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force dismantled a very large, sophisticated marijuana grow in two cornfields in the Town of Mazomanie.

The grow was discovered on Saturday by the land owner who was harvesting corn. Dane County Deputies were called to the scene and they estimated at the time there were at least 400 mature plants in numerous locations in the field. On Monday, October 4th, 2010 detectives and Uniformed Narcotics Officers assigned to the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force responded to the location and dismantled the grow.

A total count of the plants was conducted and determined to be 810 very high quality marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $400,000.00 or more. The plants were strategically placed in numerous locations on both side of a stream with cornfields on both sides. These plants would not have been visible to anyone driving by the area without the knowledge that they were even there. At this time there are no suspects. If anyone has any information about this marijuana grow or any other criminal activity, please contact the your local law enforcement agency or call Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.


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