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Massive Marijuana Farm Discovered in Chicago

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 3, 2012 Last Updated: October 3, 2012
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Cook County police discovered a marijuana farm in Chicago as large as two football fields. Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center on Sept. 7, in Los Angeles, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Cook County police discovered a marijuana farm in Chicago as large as two football fields. Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center on Sept. 7, in Los Angeles, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

A massive marijuana field was discovered in Southside Chicago, with plants described as being as large as trees.

The operation, the size of two football fields, was discovered by Cook County sheriff’s deputy Ed Graney when he was patrolling in a helicopter, reported the Chicago Tribune.

“The plants are pretty big. They’re as big as Christmas trees,” Chicago police Lt. Michael Ryle told the paper. “Some of the plants are as tall as 10 feet tall.”

Ryle said that despite being in Chicago, the growing operation is “very secluded, very difficult to see from anywhere but the air.”

“There’s some evidence in there of like a camp, where there’s been a watchman. . .or a guard sitting on it,” he added.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the fields are worth likely around $10 million total. They were planted in mostly unused industrial land.

Police said the plants would be taken away and burned.

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