The Highland County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 1,000 marijuana plants and conducted two search warrants after law enforcement officials flew over the county Friday looking for grow operations.
The search warrants were conducted at a residence in Liberty Township and at a residence in Fairfield Township, where various items were discovered and believed to be used for grow operations, according to Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera.
The cases are currently under investigation, with further charges pending.
According to Barrera, the search was conducted in conjunction with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which provided the use of its helicopter free of charge to the HCSO. Assistant Highland County prosecutors Molly Bolek and Jim Roeder also assisted in the day’s events.
Barrera stated this time of year is the beginning of the season for air surveillance and called Friday’s search “a good day.”
Individuals with information should contact the HCSO’s Crime Tip Hotline at 937-840-6243.