40 acres of marijuana, 1 arrest so far in Mississippi

Federal, state and local authorities are investigating the discovery of multiple marijuana fields in rural Mississippi.

Posted: Sep. 11, 2018 4:03 PM

PRENTISS, Miss. (AP) — Federal, state and local authorities are investigating the discovery of multiple marijuana fields in rural Mississippi.

John Dowdy, who directs the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, says there are seven plots on about 40 acres (16 hectares) in Jefferson Davis County. They are about 60 miles (97 kilometers) southeast of Jackson. The value of the crop could be around $60 million to $70 million.

Authorities located the fields around 3 p.m. Monday and have been processing the evidence since then. One arrest had been made by Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators believe the fields could be the work of cartels, based on the sophistication of the operation.

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