WILLIAMSON – Officers from the Williamson Police Department and the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department joined together in the removal of 187 marijuana plants recently discovered in the Williamson area.
The plants were along the river bank at an undisclosed location. If the plants would have grown to maturity, law enforcement estimates the possible value would have been thousands of dollars.
Sgt. John Hall with the Williamson Police Department (WPD) explained the discovery stating, “A confidential informant approached us advising us of a marijuana field. Based on the information he provided, we contacted the Sheriff’s Department for assistance and proceeded to a location here in the Williamson area. We came across 187 marijuana plants in three different locations next to the river bank here in town.”
Sheriff Joe Smith discussed the importance of law enforcement departments working together. “Last month, we had received tips but were unable to locate the pot plants concerning this area. The Williamson Police Department (WPD) and members of the Sheriff’s Department were out in town and someone gave them a tip. They all went together. We assisted them. They thought it might have been outside of their jurisdiction so we assisted them. I appreciate Sgt. John Hall and Ptlm. Jarrod Marcum in letting us go with them, to assist them, and help them. It was a good joint operation to get that much marijuana off the streets. That is our goal; working together. It doesn’t matter what department we work for, we have to work for the greater good on the county. I appreciate them letting us in on it and letting us help them,” Smith said.
Cpl. James Muncy got an anonymous tip and then the two departments worked together on finding the pot plants and digging them up.
Hall also thanked the Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in locating and removing the marijuana plants. “We would like to thank the Sheriff’s Department and members of the US 119 Drug Task Force for their assistance for taking drugs off the street here in the Williamson area,” Hall stated.
This is a pending investigation and no arrests have been made in connection with the marijuana plants discovered in the Williamson area.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)