Sheriff’s Office, BCI perform drug eradication

The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations conducted a marijuana eradication in parts of Champaign County Wednesday.

Between April and October each year, BCI agents assist Champaign County deputies and investigators in spotting marijuana grows with the help of a helicopter. That is when growers typically plant and later harvest marijuana. Experts at BCI estimate that a fully mature marijuana plant can be worth between $1,000 and $1,500 once processed and sold on the streets.

Higher quality plants can fetch up to $2,000.

As of Friday morning, 115 plants were taken from area fields and woods. Champaign County investigators are also following leads stemming from their marijuana eradication investigation.

By Nick Walton

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.