IN WOODED AREA NEAR PARKVILLE:
OVER $30,000 OF MARIJUANA SEIZED
by Stacy Wiedmaier
The Parkville Police Department discovered what is believed to be the largest marijuana operation ever discovered within its city limits last week.
On the morning of Monday, Oct. 29, two Parkville officers were conducting a traffic stop near the area of Hwy. 45 and I-435 when a hunter informed them he had discovered a cultivated marijuana patch in a wooded area west of Brink Meyer Road and north of River Road.
After determining who owned the property, Sgt. Jon Jordan assisted two Platte County Drug Task Force deputies in searching the wooded area on foot. They proceeded to locate an active “cash crop” marijuana growing operation in the vicinity. Officers recovered 154 growing plants and nearly 25 cut, drying plants, along with tools, chemicals and accessories used to produce the drug.
The scene was handled by the county drug squad who estimated the total weight of marijuana recovered was just over 55 pounds, with an approximate value of $33,000.
According to the Parkville Police Department, officers left a department business card at the scene in case the "farmers" wanted to contact the police department. According to chief of police Bill Hudson, that call never came.
“We’ve seen operations like this before but never one on this scale,” Hudson said. “This was the largest cultivated crop we’ve seen in Parkville.