GRAYSON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Grayson County Sheriff says a pot-growing operation was found inside of a cornfield, and without a tip, police may have never found it. 

The 254 marijuana plants were discovered Friday on KY-54 just short of Short Creek. 

"You could look down, and you couldn't see the end of the marijuana plants in the corn," said Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins. "When I have a citizen come in my office and say this is there, and this is a problem, and we don't want it there, then we are obligated to do something about it."

And that's exactly what Sheriff Chaffins did.

"One plant probably yields about a pound of processed marijuana, and a pound of marijuana goes for about $2,000 on the street," he said.

That means on the open market, the weed could have fetched a price tag of more than $500,000.

"That's part of the problem, because it presents other issues we have to deal with," Sheriff Chaffins said.

Those issues include dangerous drug combos. 

"We're seeing now on the streets where marijuana is being laced with heroin, with meth and cocaine and different other drugs," Sheriff Chaffins said.

The plants were confiscated and then destroyed.

"We take a sample for each plant and send it off to the lab, and they determine that it's marijuana, and then we burn the rest of the plants," Sheriff Chaffins said.

Sheriff Chaffins said he's just glad the growers won't be able to count the green they might have been paid if this green wasn't found. 

He even left a nice note for whoever the weed farmer might be. 

"We'd like to know whose it was and certainly if someone wants to claim it, we'll talk to them when they come to claim it," he said.

Sheriff Chaffins says it's possible there are more grow operations in the county. If you have information about those, you can call the sheriff's office and remain anonymous.

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