Troopers taking part in the marijuana eradication project last week included, from left, 1st Sgt. G.R. Tincher, Cpl. R.D. Boone (on truck), Cpl. R.C. Workman (kneeling left), Cpl. B.W. Clendenin (kneeling right), and TFC D.E. Hill.

OAK HILL — State troopers from Troop 6, District 2, serving Fayette and Nicholas counties, conducted a marijuana eradication effort last week, wiping out five different pot plots in the Gauley Bridge and Ansted areas.

“We hit five different plots and destroyed 1,119 plants,” said Sgt. Bill Scott of the Oak Hill detachment.

The plants, each of which has a street value of $2,500 according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), were destroyed by the troopers on Wednesday.

“We typically burn the marijuana the same day it is eradicated,” Scott said. “We use accelerants to burn the marijuana because it is still green. Most people ask if we get ‘high’ while burning it, (but) we stay clear of the smoke and we have had troopers tested after burning with negative results.

“The State Police has a random drug testing policy in place (which has) been in effect for several years now.”

The nearly $3 million worth of marijuana was the second big haul for the troopers this summer. An earlier trip out searching the illegal crops in July resulted in the eradication of 1,067 plants.

Troopers from the Oak Hill, Gauley Bridge, Richwood and Summersville detachments took part in the eradication event, according to Cpl. R.C. Workman, the districts marijuana eradication officer, who was pleased with the team’s progress.

“The figures are up from last year,” he said. “We’re very happy.”

Only 480 plants from seven different plots were destroyed in 2005, Workman said, while already in 2006, a total of 2,593 plants have been destroyed, worth nearly $6.5 million.

If anyone has information on illegal marijuana crops in the area, Workman urges they contact their local State Police detachment.

“All information will remain anonymous,” he stressed.

The local detachment may be reached at 469-2915.

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