FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A surprising discovery in Faulkner County Thursday afternoon uncovered more than 2,000 marijuana plants growing right under the nose of a small community.
Twin Groves Mayor Theodore Brown said not a lot goes on in his quiet community of just a few hundred people.
"If you didn't live here, you could come and possibly hide for weeks here in Twin Groves without somebody knowing," said Brown.
Thursday, surveyors found something hiding off Solomon Grove Road that someone did not want found.
"There seemed to be quite a few--a bunch actually," said Faulkner County Chief Deputy Matt Rice.
Rice said surveyors found more than 2,000 pot plants hiding in a wooded area adding up to more than $2 million in marijuana.
"They ended up pulling every one of them, and it ended up being 2,117 plants, which is a street value of about $1,000 a plant. The plants were anywhere from 3 to 7 feet tall," said Rice.
Rice said the plants seemed to have been growing for awhile with the help of someone, but no arrests have been made. Brown believes whoever it is, they aren't from Twin Groves.
"We pretty much know each other's activities, so if there are any drug activities or anything going on, it's during the wee hours of the night or early in the morning," added Brown.
Chief Deputy Matt Rice told THV 11 the plants have been sent off to the state crime lab for testing. Anyone with information about who may be responsible for planting them is encouraged to contact the Faulkner County Sheriff's Department.
Faulkner County just launched their new street crimes unit Wednesday--a team focused on cracking down on drugs and crime in certain hot spots around the county. Wednesday, the team made 14 arrests in 4 hours and assisted in the marijuana seizure. The sheriff's office hopes to send a message to criminals that their activity will not be tolerated in Faulkner County.