Po­lice: Seized hemp plants were pot worth $1 bil­lion

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

BAK­ERS­FIELD (AP) — Au­thor­i­ties have seized and de­stroyed about 100 mil­lion plants they said were be­ing grown as le­gal hemp but con­tained THC, the psy­choac­tive in­gre­di­ent in mar­i­juana.

The Kern County Sher­iff ’s of­fice said it served search war­rants at sev­eral fields to­tal­ing 459 acres in the Arvin area on Oct. 25 as part of a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion with the FBI and Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Fish and Wild­fire.

The of­fice said sam­ples of the plants tested “well above” the fed­eral limit of 0.3% of THC for in­dus­trial hemp.

Au­thor­i­ties said the plants were essen­tially cannabis worth about $1 bil­lion on the black mar­ket.

They wouldn’t name the grower, cit­ing the on­go­ing probe.

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