WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Hundreds of marijuana plants went up in smoke Tuesday afternoon in Warren.
Members of the Trumbull Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force unloaded the plants off a pickup truck and set the plants on fire. The nearly 1,400 marijuana plants were found by the task force during an aerial search of fields in northern Trumbull County and southern Ashtabula County last week.
According to the task force, 856 plants were seized in Ashtabula County and 532 were seized in Trumbull County.
Six people are being looked at as suspects for growing the marijuana, but Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ernie Cook said the property owners where the plants were found are typically not the ones responsible.
“They never grow it on their own property. They trespass and destroy crops and the environment and everything else like this,” Cook said.
Officials said they were not able to determine ownership of the pot plants destroyed Tuesday. However, they have hundreds more plants where ownership is known that is being held and treated as evidence.