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Highland County raid nets 6,353 suspected marijuana plants

By David Seidel, Assistant News Director, dseidel@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 05 2013 03:07:19 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 05 2013 11:28:59 PM EDT
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HIGHLAND COUNTY, Va. -

A law enforcement raid in Highland County netted 6,353 suspected marijuana plants on Tuesday.  Sheriff Tim Duff said the plants had a street value of up to $19 million.

"That's a big number for highland, that's a big number for any agency," said Duff.

"It was just stunning news for a small rural area like this, that has under 2500 people it's, mostly quiet," said resident Susan Swecker.

The plants were discovered in the western part of the county, just inside the national forest boundary.  Two men are being held on federal charges.  Duff said their names are not being released at this point.  The operation included the Highland County Sheriff's Office, Alleghany Highlands Drug Task Force, Virginia State Police and the Bath County Sheriff's Office.

Duff said the seizure is believed to be the largest in the county's history.  He encouraged citizens to call in tips about suspicious activity, or if they come across something suspicious while hiking or hunting.