August 10, 2010 in Idaho, Region

If you grow it, they will come … take it away

Idaho farmer unknowingly tends to 300 pot plants

JEROME, Idaho — Authorities say a southern Idaho farmer unknowingly watered and fertilized more than 300 marijuana plants while tending to his corn fields.

The Jerome County sheriff’s office says the farmer found the plot of pot growing between his tall, green stalks of unripened corn early Monday and called authorities.

The sheriff’s office says the 314 low-grade marijuana plants are altogether valued at $628,000 and would have been ready for plucking in the next month or so — before the farmer harvested his corn in September or October.

The plants have been confiscated as evidence.

Authorities have ruled out the farmer as a suspect, saying there have been at least two other similar reports of suspicious activity in local fields during the past year.

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