Chief Deputy Jimmy Moss, left, and Sgt. Larry Gerwig are
with a portion of marijuana
plants confiscated in the Rosedale area
this week - Photo courtesy of
the Gilmer County Sheriff's Dept.
Acting on a tip, the Gilmer County Sheriff's Department seized 413
marijuana plants in the
Rosedale area of Gilmer County earlier in the week.
Sgt. Larry Gerwig
and Chief Deputy
Jimmy Moss are heading the ongoing investigation. No arrests were made
as of Friday,
According to the U.S. Government reporting criteria these plants are
considered by the
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to be worth in excess of $1 million.
The plants were meticulously cultivated in 'starter pots' similar to
what gardeners use.
The younger plants were protected from frost with homemade miniature
"We expect all the plants would have been 'jungle planted' in wooded
sites within two weeks,"
Sgt. Gerwig said.
Evidence collected at the scene indicated the plants were carried to the
site, as the plants were
discovered in a location inaccessible to vehicles.
Sheriff Micky Metz expects with the discovery of so many plants
Gilmer County will be
allocated more "fly time" by the West Virginia State Police's aerial
drug interdiction efforts.