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Big Pot Bust in Morgan County

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STOVER, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in central Missouri are looking for the suspects behind a large marijuana-growing operation.

KMIZ-TV  reports the investigation in Morgan County began with a call Oct. 21  about an abandoned truck containing a large amount of fertilizer. Police  in the town of Stover notified the sheriff’s department two weeks later  about a possible drug operation.

Over the weekend, deputies found  a marijuana farm and confiscated about 3,200 harvest-ready plants with  an estimated street value of $3.5 million. They also seized several  miles of hose and two drying tents, and came across items linking the  abandoned truck to the growing operation.

Authorities say the suspects have been identified but remained at large Monday.

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