(03/07/2012)
In July, 2011, the WV State Police made arrests for what appears to be the largest marijuana grow bust in the county's history.

Grantsville Detachment Commander Sgt. O. S. Starsick said "Officers had confiscated 1,300 plants and are still counting," estimating the street value at $2.5 million dollars.

State Police arrested Douglas Cecil Lynch, 38, of Creston and Nicholas W. Davis, 49, of Big Bend, charging them with manufacturing a controlled substance and conspiring to manufacture a controlled substance.

Those charges were brought in Calhoun Magistrate Court, but were then dismissed without prejudice (meaning they could be refiled) upon motion of Calhoun Prosecutor Rocky Holmes.

The case was reportedly turned over for investigation to federal agents for possible federal prosecution.

Prosecutor Holmes did not respond to a public information request regarding the case.

The grow operation was located in a remote area off Little Creek Road, with State Police using surveillance cameras to catch the growers.

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