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Hundreds of marijuana plants are seized by the Wyoming County Sheriffs Department. But what do authorities do after the plants are chopped down? Hundreds of marijuana plants are seized by the Wyoming County Sheriffs Department. But what do authorities do after the plants are chopped down?
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Hundreds of marijuana plants are seized by the Wyoming County Sheriffs Department. But what do authorities do after the plants are chopped down?

Two truck loads, hauling 450 plants worth more than a million dollars all up in smoke. These pot plants were found in the Coal Mountain are by Wyoming County Sheriff's Deputies Wednesday.

"These plants were pretty well matured actually some of the stacks were probably 3 inches round which is a good size for marijuana," Wyoming County Sheriff Randall Aliff said.

So after investigators chop the pot plants down, who do they get rid if them? This is how the how the marijuana is destroyed it is doused with gasoline and than burnt. 59News went along while Deputies as they worked to burn the drugs.

It took them roughly 5 hours to wipe out all of the crops.While the crops are toast, will the grower feel the heat as well? According to Sheriff Aliff it's not easy to track down the owner of the plants.

"It is difficult to do because number one you don't have the man power to sit and watch these gardens to find out who is growing these gardens. but when you do find these gardens you might get some calls in from the community and may lead you to who actually had the marijuana plants up there," Sheriff Aliff said.

And it was actually thanks to an anonymous tipster that authorities were able to locate the plant.