Cocke Co. officials find 1,700 marijuana plants

Cocke Co. officials find 1,700 plants during large marijuana eradication operation

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Due to the rugged nature of some locations, members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol's operations unit repelled from a helicopter to eradicate marijuana plants. (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Department) Due to the rugged nature of some locations, members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol's operations unit repelled from a helicopter to eradicate marijuana plants. (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Department)
Sheriff Armando Fontes is seen shortly after pulling plants and collecting 2.5 cases of moonshine on Jack Hall's Del Rio property. (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Department) Sheriff Armando Fontes is seen shortly after pulling plants and collecting 2.5 cases of moonshine on Jack Hall's Del Rio property. (source: Cocke County Sheriff's Department)

DEL RIO (WATE) - The Cocke County Sheriff's Office and The Governors Task Force For Marijuana Eradication discovered more than 1,700 marijuana plants this week, along with a large moonshine still.

The discoveries were made during a four-day marijuana eradication operation in the county.

Sheriff Armando Fontes says the operation began Monday morning at the residence of Jack Hall, 2135 Justin Rd. in Del Rio.

Over 50 well-groomed marijuana plants were found scattered throughout the property, as well as an indoor grow operation and a 200-gallon active moonshine still.

The marijuana found on the property was four to six feet tall and beginning to mature.

The sheriff's office also took possession of 2.5 cases of moonshine.

The evidence will be presented to a grand jury for prosecution.

During the rest of the week, officers found around 1,700 marijuana plants in various locations throughout Cocke County.

Due to the rugged nature of some locations, members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol's operations unit repelled from a helicopter to eradicate the plants.

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