Marijuana field found in Maplewood State Park

A Maplewood hiker traveled off the beaten path and found himself in a field of green over the weekend.

The hiker was walking through Maplewood State Park Sunday afternoon when he decided to step off the trail and explore the park by Flatmark Lake. The "green" that he stumbled on was 187 marijuana plants, and he called police.

"These plants were all about five feet or a little more in height," says Otter Tail County narcotics detective Rodney Jensen. They were well-cared for, too.

"They had sticks supporting them and little tags on the bottom, like people put on their plants," Jensen says. "One had 'voodoo.' One had 'poison.' Another one had 'blue skunk'" written on it.

Jensen says it's not the first marijuana case like this that he's handled. Just a couple of weeks ago he had a similar case involving 18 plants on state property.

"We picked up another 18 plants about three miles from where this marijuana was found on more state land, in the State Wildlife Refuge Area," says Jensen.

Jensen says there are currently no suspects in either case. Anyone with tips should call the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

As for the fate of the marijuana itself?

"Right now we have it in our secure area in Fergus Falls," Jensen says. "It will be taken to the burner and destroyed there."

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