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Environment

Officers Harvest Large Illegal Crop

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Illinois DNR
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Marijuana Plants in the Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area.

State and local authorities are trying to find out who's been growing marijuana in the Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area, near Prophetstown. Last week, agents from the Illinois DNR and Whiteside County Sheriff's Office removed and destroyed 260 large plants.

They learned of the illegal crop from a deer hunter who'd been scouting the area for the upcoming archery deer season.

Anyone with information is asked to call Whiteside County Crimestoppers (815-625-7867). 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.