COVERT, MI (WKZO/WHTC) - It’s the biggest marijuana seizure so far this season in West Michigan, as a hiker stumbled across a plantation that appeared to include hundreds of marijuana plants in a rural area off of 40th Avenue south of South Haven. An initial survey showed the plants, trails, gardens and campsites went on for miles.
Van Buren County Sheriff's Deputies called in the DEA, and they got air support from the State Police to try and get a gauge on the size of the crop. It took a few days but they seized a total of 1,781 plants total, with a street value of around 1.8 million dollars. Authorities are still trying to identify who may have been responsible for cultivating the plants, which have now been destroyed. They found fertilizer bags and shallow wells where water was drawn to nurture the plants.