Anonymous tip leads to recovery of $200,000 in marijuana

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Thanks to a team effort, police say they found nearly $200,000 worth of marijuana in Madison County on Wednesday.

The investigation started because of an anonymous complaint.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police worked together to find the marijuana. Investigators say state police used their helicopter to find the plants in remote locations.

"We are glad that we can help in eradicating some drugs from Madison County," said Major Tony Terry, Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies and troopers then went in with humvees to remove the marijuana. Investigators say they found the plants in different places around Madison County.

Officials say that marijuana is still illegal and they'll continue to remove growing operations.

It's a dangerous job though, because growers want to protect their plants.

"Every officer that was in the patches was wearing bulletproof vests, equipped with radios, rifles, weapons, anything they may need to make themselves feel safe in that environment," said Terry.

No one was hurt.

Multiple arrests are expected.

The marijuana was destroyed.

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