More than 100 pot plants found near shopping center construction

Marijuana has estimated value of $236K

By Kristina Belcher, Published:

While most have focused attention on construction at Parkside shopping center, Sheriff Pat Melton said no one seemed to notice $236,000 worth of marijuana growing just about 100 yards away.

“Honestly, it was a pretty smart place to have it hid,” Melton said.

The 118 plants, estimated by law enforcement to be worth about $2,000 a pop, were growing over a steep dirt mound behind the construction, also about 100 yards from the Riverford Crossing Apartments.

The plants weren’t visible from either establishment, Melton said.

“It’s not one of the biggest we’ve ever seen and not one of the smallest,” Melton said of the size of Monday’s bust.

Deputies found the operation after receiving a tip.

A lieutenant from the Franklin County Fire Department had to use a rope and rappel down to reach and remove most of the plants because the hills surrounding it were so steep.

Deputies also found a fertilizer bag, Melton said, and a track that had been shoveled up to the area, allowing easier access from the bottom of the dirt mound.

Some of the plants were six feet tall, others just three feet tall, but Melton said most were just starting to bud.

“It had another 30 or 45 days to mature.”

Melton wouldn’t disclose whether his office has any suspects in the case, just that it is an ongoing investigation.

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  • The FC Sheriff and his deputies are in very little real danger as police officers around here never get attacked.  All of the REAL danger is borne by the confidential informants who are sent in with no experience or training to do drug stings.  Just as Charles Monroe...oh wait, you can't ask him because he was murdered in an apparent drug sting.

    Drug dealers around here never put up a fuss when confronted with the police or resist arrest...those are the alcoholics that resist arrest and fight them. When was the last time that a police officer in this county was attacked by a small time drug dealer (that is the only kind we have around here) or even a drug user?  Um, never!  

    It is not like the small time drug dealers have no incentive to fight or resist arrest as they are the ones who are looking at serious jail time in prison with a felony hanging around their necks for the rest of their lives. But they are non-violent.  It is the alcoholic who presents the real threats to society (alcohol is a factor in 40% of the violent crime) and fight, kick and spit on arresting officers gets a fine of a few hundred dollars and released over and over to do it all again until the kill someone with their car.

    While drinking and driving has received a great deal of public and media attention, the relationship between alcohol and crime, for both offenders and victims, has not received the same level of public attention.  The relationship between alcohol and crimes including domestic abuse and violence, underage drinking, robbery, assault and sexual assault is clearly documented.

    FACT:  5.3 million adults − 36% of those under correctional supervision at the time − were drinking at the time of their conviction offense

    Excessive drinking leads to criminal behavior:

    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) estimated that a majority of criminal offenders were under the influence of alcohol alone when they committed their crimes.

    Federal research shows that for the 40% of convicted murderers being held in either jail or State prison, alcohol use was a factor in the homicide.

    FACT:  Alcohol is a factor in 40% of all violent crimes today

    About 3 million violent crimes occur each year in which victims perceive the offender to have been drinking.  Crimes include: rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated and simple assault.  About two-thirds of violent crimes are characterized as simple assaults.

    Based on victim reports, alcohol use by the offender was a factor in:

    37% of rapes and sexual assaults
    15% of robberies
    27% of aggravated assaults, and
    25% of simple assaults

    Now the Sheriff isn't going to tell you that but I will.

    What is commonsense61 "high" on?

  • 39037 good post, as usual BrunoKnow it all must be a defeated candidate for "high" sheriff!!  He can't stand that Sheriff Melton and his deputies are doing more good in this county than any other county!!  Be Safe out there all our sheriff deputies and policemen.

  • U.S. federal, state, and local governments now spend $50 billion per year trying to make America “drug free.” State prison budgets top spending on public colleges and universities. The prison industrial complex is ever more powerful. Nevertheless, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illicit drugs are cheaper, purer and easier to get than ever before.

    Armed with paramilitary gear, police break into homes unannounced, terrorizing innocent and guilty alike. Prosecutors seize private property without due process. Citizens convicted of felony offenses lose their right to vote, in some states for life. More and more Americans are subject to urine tests without cause. And the list goes on.

  • user_39037, August 13, 2014 9:10AM

    "How about a change on this story, How about thanking the Sheriff's Office for all they do, for trying to clean up the drugs and for trying to make this crazy tow a better place for the citzens of this community. There are many employees of that office and they each put their life on the line each and everyday they put on the uniform each day to protect and serve this town. So THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND FOR TRYING TO MAKE THIS A BETTER PLACE...I apperciated all you do and so sick of seeing nothing but negative comments....."

    So, what "negative comments" are you talking about.  The Sheriff isn't cleaning up this town OR putting his life on the line each and every day by spending the vast majority of his $1.8 MILLION budget on snooping around going through folks trash cans looking for signs that they are smoking pot, or for that matter, cutting down some spindly little pot plants and posing with them in the back of his pick'em-up truck.  

    There are some real threats to us all out there that these scarce resources should be used to address, but they are being diverted all because of the Sheriff's addiction to his exciting lil' War on Some Drugs that he is playing Sonny Crockett.

  • How about a change on this story, How about thanking the Sheriff's Office for all they do, for trying to clean up the drugs and for trying to make this crazy tow a better place for the citzens of this community. There are many employees of that office and they each put their life on the line each and everyday they put on the uniform each day to protect and serve this town. So THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND FOR TRYING TO MAKE THIS A BETTER PLACE...I apperciated all you do and so sick of seeing nothing but negative comments.....

     

  • I'd like to suggest y'all stop using the word Topix. Someone could perhaps get curious and actually visit that site. Do you want THAT on your conscience??

  • capitalcitizen: "I hope there's bonafide evidence; otherwise, someone would be stupid not to pursue a lawsuit for those allegations."

    capital just called the Sheriff "stupid"!

  • capitalcitizen you said it best!!!!!!  I do believe he is 15 as well as the others who have to make rude comments.  I am appaled the SJ lets these youngins' write on here.  Common courtesy is not evident on here!!

  • Easy to critize john-doe when you are using a no name.  Bet you are just jealous you couldn't do squat!!  Our FCSD do a good job.  I am a supporter of the people that risk their lives every day!!!

  • Thanks for your comment, 35926. The State Journal actually has several proofreaders, none of whom are infallible. I've corrected the mistake. Thanks for playing! :o)

     

  • - Apparently, there isn't anyone on the Sheriff's payroll who was in any kind of physical could scale the hill so they had to beg the fire department for someone to get down there.

    From some of the pictures I've seen it does look like Extra-grande is the smallest size brown uniform.

     

  • The State Journal needs a proofreader:

    A lieutenant from the Franklin County Fire Department had to use a rope and repel down to reach and remove most of the plants because the hills surrounding it were so steep.

     

    re·pel

    verb (used with object), re·pelled, re·pel·ling.

    1.  to drive or force back (an assailant, invader, etc.).

    2.  to thrust back or away.

    3.  to resist effectively (an attack, onslaught, etc.).

    rap·pel

    noun

    1.  (in mountaineering) the act or method of moving down a steep incline or past an overhang by means of a double rope secured above and placed around the body, usually under the left thigh and over the right shoulder, and paid out gradually in the descent.

    verb (used without object), rap·pelled, rap·pel·ling.

    2.  to descend by means of a rappel.

  • BrunoUno - I hope you can prove your case to which you keep referring.....

    You've slung a lot of arrows.  I hope there's bonafide evidence; otherwise, someone would be stupid not to pursue a lawsuit for those allegations.

  • Apparently, there isn't anyone on the Sheriff's payroll who was in any kind of physical could scale the hill so they had to beg the fire department for someone to get down there.  Funny, but that pot smokin' stoner slacker had no problems getting in and out of there...I'm jus' sayin'. 

    Obesity is the number 2 cause of preventable death...marijuana isn't even on the chart as nobody has ever died from ingesting it...pizza on the other hand creates guys like the Sheriff and his clones.

  • The weeds in the pict look like harmless hemp - which we in KY are "experimenting" with growing as a bonafide cash crop nowadays.  I swear I've never seen such a media hound as our sheriff!  Any time there is the least little photo op, it seems he contacts the press and they immediately give him the coverage he seeks - for free. 

     

    And on a side note and re: the pizza - I bet if the hillside with the pot plants was very steep, our robust sheriff wasn't the one to go up or down it.  He's way too fat to effectively be a police officer.

  • Melton didn't mention that half of the plants were worthless males.

  • ffort2013, Matt Brown doesn't work for the Sheriff's Office any more...Melton let him resign before he was indicted by the FBI for selling drugs to cops in 3 counties.  Oh wait, different case.

  • Let's just hold off on making a comment so I can call multiple press conferences.   I will close the net then (or will say that I am closing it)

    Surely they have a suspect. If not, that is their own fault they should have sat on it and watched instead of breaking down the door and running in.  Oh wait, different case.

  • *** it still considered a "bust" if nobody is arrested?  If a pot plant falls in the woods and Sheriff Melton is not there to hear it, does it still make a sound?

    Honestly, it was a pretty dumb place to have it hid, since some one found it and called the Sheriff. The Sheriff obviously cannot tell serving sizes too well if he think that those spindly little weeds are worth "$2000 a pop" (is that Kristina speak?).  The good law enforcement Sheriff apparently has some sort of compulsive lying disorder as well as he is constantly telling whoppers about the size and value of things.  If you can't trust a Sheriff to tell the truth about the people that he arrests or the amount of drugs that they are arrested with, what can you truth him with?  Self-aggrandizing seems to be his forte.

    And yeah, 38107, stop making jokes that capitalcitzen cannot understand...remember, they are only in the 5th grade.  Besides, ANY time Melton is around you had better hide the pizza, or any other food.

  • LOL @ "hide the pizza"

  • I'm pretty sure that the $2k per plant number is MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price). Street prices are probably MUCH lower. How many man-hours were utilized in cutting down some weeds?

  • Some of the plants were six feet tall, others just three feet tall...

    $2000 a pop...Seriously?

  • User_38107:

    This is not Topix and I presume you're not 15 years old.

    If you want to find Topix, then google it and make your smart remarks there where the rest of idiot, illiterate and moron Frankfort finds their news.

    If you're only 15 years old, then perhaps your parents need to monitor your internet usage.

  • The Sheriff looks like he might have a contact high. Quick, hide the pizza!