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No new leads in giant Polk County pot bust

Sep 25, 2013 -- 1:38pm

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

The trail is growing cold in the ongoing investigation into the discovery of one of the largest marijuana growing operations in recent years in Northwest Georgia.

The tract of land in western Polk County was the center of activity on Thursday, September 12, when a Georgia State Patrol helicopter spotted the large area where almost 5,000 marijuana plants worth approximately $9.2 million was growing. Agents of the Polk County Drug Task Force found a large scale cultivating operation complete with irrigation and cabins for storing the plants.

The task force does not have any suspects in the case, and Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd says the property owner is in the clear.

“Nothing in this investigation has led us to believe that the property owners are involved in it at all, so we don’t feel that they have any knowledge at all of what was going on out there,” said Dodd. “It’s a rural area, rural area out toward Alabama in the western end of the county.”

The property off of Sanders Cemetery Road in extreme western Polk County was combed for additional activity on September 12 and was turned back over to the property owner following the destruction of the marijuana plants. The case has been placed on an inactive status due to lack of any sustainable leads, according to Dodd.

Police ask if anyone has additional information on the case to contact the Polk County Police Department at 770-748-7331 or email at

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