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Authorities seize hundreds of marijuana plants in rural Union County

Marijuana plants at 14950 Fladt RoadAuthorities seized 564 marijuana plants at a residence in southern Union County Tuesday evening.

The Union County Multi Agency Drug Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant at 14950 Fladt Road, which is southeast of Marysville. At maturity, the 564 plants have a street value of $560,000.

Task force members also seized several guns and marijuana growing equipment. The plants were being cultivated and grown outside the residence. "This was a rather large and sophisticated growing operation. With the size of this operation, it is apparent that the owners have some knowledge of horticulture and hydroponics," said Sheriff Jamie Patton.

The Union County Multi Agency Drug Enforcement Task Force, made up of members of the Marysville Division of Police, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office, continues their efforts to disrupt drug trafficking in Union County.

Marijuana plants at 14950 Fladt RoadThe Task Force is continuing their investigation and the case will be presented to the Union County Grand Jury.

You're reminded to be alert this time of year for marijuana plants that may be growing along waterways, streams, or in agricultural fields. Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity, suspected marijuana plants, or growing operations to their local law enforcement agency. Suspicious activity may also be reported to the Crime Tip Line by calling 642-7653.

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