Cops Find Huge Pot Farm in National Forest —Again

Chequamegon-Nicolet in Wisconsin is popular with growers
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2011 4:38 PM CDT
Cops Find Huge Pot Farm in National Forest —Again
In this 2010 file photo, a Forest Service official points to trees cut down in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to grow pot. Another big bust took place this week.   (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)

Authorities near a remote national forest in Wisconsin have issued an unusual appeal to drivers to steer clear of hitchhikers—because they might be illegal pot farmers on the run. Police found a marijuana farm of several acres within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest whose plants (now destroyed) had an estimated street value of $1 million. One suspect was arrested, but four others scattered and remain at large, reports the AP, via the Chicago Tribune.

"Two suspects didn't even have shoes they left the camp so quickly," says the local sheriff. "It's uninhabited; there was no way to get into that area by vehicle. We had to come in on foot, and had to have it eradicated using helicopters." If the name of the forest rings a bell, it might be because authorities busted a massive pot network there last year. (Read more pot farms stories.)

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