JACKSON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A marijuana operation worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was busted up Tuesday morning by deputies in Jackson County.
Jackson County Sheriff Todd Frazier said more than 350 marijuana plants were found, worth about $500,000 on the street.
He said the plants were growing outdoors in the woods and in what he called five separate occupied structures, all in the same area on Savageville Road.
Lights and heat shields were also taken by deputies from an indoor operation.
Frazier said five people were detained for questioning, but no charges have been filed.
He added that this is the largest marijuana growing operation bust in Jackson County since 1999.
People who live along Savageville Road said they feel a little safer knowing that this many drugs has been taken off their street.
One man who lives close to where the bust happened said drugs have been a problem in his neighborhood since he moved in three years ago, a home he moved into trying to get away from drugs in his prior neighborhood in Virginia.
“To get away from the drug problem we moved back to Jackson, only to find out that it was just as bad if not worse here than in Richmond,” Joseph Henderson said.
The bust on his street has given him, as well as others who live around him, a sigh of relief.
“That gives me a big relief,” Henderson said. “And also to all the people in the neighborhood, a big relief that that has been found and is being dealt with.”
Multiple organizations worked together to make the bust.