PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department followed up on an anonymous tip Wednesday and left with their hands full.
When Sheriff's deputies pulled up near a hidden field along Cow Creek Road in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, they could smell what they were looking for -- the problem was finding it.
After fighting through shrubs and weeds in an area bigger than a football field, they found 59 marijuana plants. Deputies say the plants were worth almost $120,000 on the street.
Sheriff Deputy Landon Hall said it looked like a professional set up because of the layout of the plants, as well as the location.
“They had it planted in neat rows,” Hall said. “It was very organized.”
He said whoever planted the marijuana did so strategically near a stream, so that the plants would have a constant source of water.
Hall said the department is still looking for who is responsible. In the meantime, though, this is still a significant find that take drugs off of the streets.
“It takes that kind of money out of a possible drug dealers hands,” Hall said. “And it gets it out of our communities.”
One person who lives near Cow Creek Road says this situation is scary.
“You find out they’re growing it just up the street,” Bonnie Thompson said. “It makes you wonder if there’s more going on, what else is being done.”
Hall said more operations like this could be out there. He said if you find one, you need to be cautious because sometimes people will set traps around them to keep people away.