Tip leads deputies to large marijuana growing operation in Clark County

Marijuana plants found at Springfield address (Courtesy: Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly).

PIKE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Numerous and elaborate marijuana growing operation in Clark County gets busted by authorities.

Early Tuesday morning, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office along with a special drug task force searched the property at 6650 North Hampton Road in Pike Township. There, they found 244 marijuana plants growing inside a service garage located on the property.

The plants are valued at $224,000 – roughly $1,000 per plant.

A tip sent in to the Sheriff’s Office on Friday led them to the property. More than 22 deputies helped carry out the search warrant this morning. They found eight different growing rooms on the property all equipped with water lines, lights, and ventilation.

The property belongs to Donald Woodman, who owns the trucking service company, Woody’s Trucking. Officials are currently working to track down the owner. He has not been yet been charged as of Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Gene Kelly says the bust is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

“According to agents from BCI, this is one of the most elaborate, well-planned, grow operations they’ve ever seen,” Kelly said. “This is a very remote location and this building in the top of the service garage was built specifically I believe for this grow operation.”

Kelly said all-terrain vehicles, ski-doos, boats, and other types of large vehicles were seized, as he believes they may have been purchased with “dollars from this grow operation.”

“The people of Ohio spoke and they strongly and soundly defeated the marijuana issue. It is against the law in Ohio – and again, this individual is violating the law and he is undoubtedly not paying taxes on these dollars that he’s making from this,” Kelly said.

The drug bust comes just a week after 3 Clark County men were indicted on charges related to another large marijuana growing operation. where officials uncovered more than $1 million worth of drugs.

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