$900,000 of Marijuana Seized in DeKalb County

Northeast Alabama

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The DeKalb County Drug Task Force’s med-summer eradication program has resulted int the seizure and destruction of a total of 459 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $900,000.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris said that the drug task force used a combination of air and ground forces to find and destroy marijuana growing in the wild.

He reported that officers found over 100 plants just west of Fort Payne and arrested Eddie Lamar McKinney, 52, of Fort Payne.  McKinney was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Officers also discovered over 350 plants near Mentone Wednesday and expect to make an arrest in that case soon.

A total of 459 plants were seized in four different locations during the eradication program.

“We appreciate the state continuing this program and we believe this shows how effective it can be. We do this every year at least 2 or 3 times and this find was typical. We will continue to search for drugs and follow-up on these discoveries. Our agents have leads on other drugs and they continue to make arrests almost daily. We intend to keep the pressure on these drug dealers,” said Sheriff Harris.

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