The Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating five different marijuana fields found on property off of Owens Dairy Road in the Lyerly area.

The bust totaled an estimated 1,210 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of $1.4 million, according to Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett.

“That’s 1,210 pounds that won’t be on the street for sure,” he said of the bust.

The fields were found Tuesday morning by a man who leases the property for hunting while searching for shedded deer antlers. Once police arrived at the property, they found four more plots containing around 300 plants each, according to Everett.

“When he came across the plants, we decided to go in and get them now before they could be destroyed by the person who planted them,” he said.

Everett said the plants were knee high when they were found Tuesday morning, and had been well tended.

“The plots were tilled with a garden tiller, and they even had moth balls to keep animals out of the plants,” Everett added. “They’d been in the ground long enough to get a root system, but they were raised from seeds and were transported to the location.”

No arrests in the case have been made yet, but Everett said there were possible suspects and they’re continuing their investigation.

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