The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics has confirmed that six acres of marijuana were uncovered in Jefferson Davis County on Thursday.
In total Dowdy said 15,000 plants were counted in the nearly six acres of land that was being used to grow weed on Thursday. On Friday officials found 5,000 more plants in the area.
“At maturity and depending upon other factors, a marijuana plant can yield about a pound of processed marijuana that could sell for $1,000 to $1,500 on the street, making a conservative estimated street value of this marijuana more than $20 million,” Director Dowdy said.
The field is located in the rural part of the county and Dowdy said eradication will begin soon.
“Locating, tabulating and destroying so many marijuana plants is a huge task,” Director Dowdy said. “And we are grateful for the assistance rendered to the MBN by state and local agencies.”
Dowdy said they are still assessing the situation at this time.
This is a developing story, News Mississippi will provide more details as they become available.