More than 850 marijuana plants seized in south Alabama

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(Courtesy: Geneva County Sheriff's Office)

GENEVA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say more than 850 marijuana plants were discovered then destroyed in south Alabama.

The Dothan Eagle reports that the plants were cut down and burned as part of a marijuana eradication program, which typically starts in June and runs for about six weeks. The plants were located in various spots across Geneva County on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms says officers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency inside a state police helicopter who spotted the marijuana plants. Helms says no one has been arrested.

Helms says some of the plants were found and seized from some woods behind the Sysco. Helms says the plants were as high as eight inches up to more than six feet in various stages of growth.