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Pot bust nets $300,000 worth of plants
No arrests made in the second raid in less than one week
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Courtesy Photo: Deputies seized an estimated $300,000 worth of marijuana plants during a raid at a Moneta residence last Friday. This was the second pot raid in less than a week.

Friday, January 18, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Deputies seized 117 marijuana plants during a raid on a suspected growing operation at a Moneta residence last week.

When investigators executed a search warrant at a residence on Parford Drive last Friday, they seized $300,000 worth of plants in several small outbuildings near the home, according to Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies also seized equipment used in the "elaborate" growing operation, Maxey said.

No arrests have been made, but the investigation is ongoing, Maxey said.

This was the second marijuana raid by the sheriff's office in less than a week.

On Jan. 9, deputies seized an estimated $500,000 worth of plants and plant material at a residence on Glade Farms Drive.

Luther Russell Collins, 45, of Glade Hill was charged with manufacturing marijuana and distributing more than five pounds of marijuana, Maxey said.

During that raid, a large quantity of packaged buds, 160 plants and equipment were discovered in three outbuildings near Collins' residence, Maxey said.

The estimated street value of the buds is nearly $30,000, Maxey said. The potential value of the plants is about $480,000.

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