Polk County Sheriff Kelly McLendon stated that the operation was conducted with the help of numerous local agencies in the two counties alongside federal agencies such as the DEA. The Georgia National Guard Raid Unit supplied the aircraft that proved to be an effective tool in spotting the plants.
The agencies targeted some specific areas to follow up on complaints. Other plants were found by flying in general areas and looking.
McLendon said that most of the plants seized were found along the border between Haralson and Polk.
“This is something we do several times throughout the year,” McLendon said. “It basically comes down to scheduling with as many agencies as we have involved in the operation.”
Investigators did not immediately have a street value for the marijuana, but McLendon estimates that it “could be close to the million dollar range.”
No arrests have been made in relation to the seizures at this time, although McLendon said there are investigations pending.
McLendon said that most of the plants were destroyed on Thursday, but some of the plants will be held as evidence related to pending investigations.
McLendon added that rural Polk and Haralson counties have long been considered by law enforcement as areas where marijuana is frequently grown.