Updated: $4-5 Million Marijuana Growing Operation Raided in Hinckley this Morning

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

News director Jesse Logan accompanied the Pine County Sheriff’s department and the East Central Drug Task Force on an early morning raid of a marijuana growing operation located northeast of Hinckley.

Law enforcement officials initially believed that as much as $7 million in marijuana was discovered. Those estimates have been rounded down to between $4-5 million. More details to be released as the story develops!



  1. Adrienne Roubinek 07/24/13 at 9:44am

    Wow! That Jesse- I bet his adrenaline was pumping!

  2. Wow, Such Big Strong Boys 07/24/13 at 10:49am

    Good god, please quit living in the 1930s please. This plant is harmless UNLESS it’s illegal. That’s when you get the crime. It’s a f’king weed for crying out loud. What if smoking Oak leaves changed your mood, would you cut all the trees down? Legalize it already!

  3. Wow, Such Big Strong Boys 07/24/13 at 10:50am

    Legalize it already and quit wasting tax payers money on this harmless plant!

  4. ecbc 07/24/13 at 11:36am

    Apparently some of you don’t know anyone who smoked marijuana for extended periods of time and seen how it has negatively affected their brain and how they think. Also, growth of maturity tends to stop when addicted to weed.

  5. Jfarmer 07/24/13 at 12:02pm

    And I suppose all the alcoholics out there have full functioning brains and have the utmost maturity right? I guess thats why so many people die from alcoholism. Im in the field so I would know. If were going to outlaw everything that negatively affects our bodies lets start with Alcohol, Tobacco, Caffeine, Junk Food,……..all addictive with the same negative side affects as Ecbc mentioned. But I suppose those are okay right. Check the history of what made Marijuana illegal….it was just politics buddy!!!

  6. pothead 07/24/13 at 12:17pm

    Ecbc, you obviously are of the challenged type…..to say that it affects the way you think and how your brain works and how maturity growth stops, is way out of line……I am personally offended, I smoke daily, I graduated high school, I have a masters degree in communications, and have two beautiful children that have everything they could ever want, I also have a average salary over $120,000/yr, and I drive a $50,000 truck……I’m not even close to your discription of a pothead or a person who smokes……you were truely misinformed of the facts, typical problem in america, and that’s part of the media’s fault as well…….please learn the facts before you speak, it really does make you look ignorant!

    If you want to start looking for the truth, then go google alchohol vs. Marijuana, its a good start to learning something useful so you don’t look stupid the next time you post!

  7. john 07/24/13 at 12:44pm

    quit killing that life that plant has a life too f’n murderers

  8. ecbc 07/24/13 at 1:14pm

    I happy for you Pothead and that for you, perhaps, it has not affected you negatively. I have experience too, close friends, who smoked a lot of pot in their youth, and have some difficulties in the areas I mentioned above. BTW, no need for the name calling and the anger in your tone, is there? I agree that there other things are not healthy for us either. As someone who works with the youth of America, I have seen the negative, addictive affects of marijuana on our youth, which thus, carries with it, baggage into adult life. There are some out there that can perhaps handle their usage. But, to make it legal would be extremely dangerous, in my opinion. I am sorry that you are offended. But, again, I speak from many years of experience “in the field”. Just because someone disagrees with you and has a different experience the you does not make them ignorant. But, I would challenge the intolerance I am seeing in your aggressive, angry, response. Is a peaceful dialogue possible anymore in America????

  9. ecbc 07/24/13 at 1:27pm

    Research clearly shows that marijuana has the potential to cause problems in daily life. A study of 129 college students found that, among those who smoked the drug at least twenty-seven of the thirty days before being surveyed, critical skills related to attention, memory and learning were seriously diminished. A study of postal workers found that employees who tested positive for marijuana had 55% more accidents, 85% more injuries and a 75% increase in being absent from work.

  10. Wow, Such Big Strong Boys 07/24/13 at 1:46pm


    You can’t “real life” have experience in the field, especially if you use the term “addictive affect”. There are none with pot. Google it. If anything, it’s driven creativity and ingenuity in our modern day culture. Like pothead said educate yourself before posting more ignorant comments that have obviously been planted and remained within you since the beginning of this war on pot. Don’t you wonder why more and more states are legalizing it?

  11. Jfarmer 07/24/13 at 1:54pm

    Did you ever look at the statistics of alcohol use? I noticed you didnt respond to that topic. Just sticking to pot eh? I guess cause potheads are an easy target. How many deaths from pot vs alcohol? Im not condoning its use, but its def not worse than tobacco or alcohol both of which will kill you.Think about it…

  12. different outlook 07/24/13 at 3:59pm

    I’ve never smoked pot before. However most of my friends do. My limited knowledge of it may make this comment seem ignorant but I don’t care. I believe that it should be legal if for no other reason than revenue. Obviously people will grow, sell, smoke it anyway. And the police might have more time to look into seriously harmful drugs and the people who are involved with them instead.

  13. no pot 07/24/13 at 6:47pm

    Maybe you should take a look on mervald road out of sandstone you might find more

  14. HUFFSTAR 07/24/13 at 9:05pm

    Im so sick of the pot laws being so widely different from state to state !!!!
    Minnesota should legalize it and let us have better choices instead of them allowing all this mexi-cali crap

  15. Really 07/24/13 at 9:26pm

    Hey Pothead are you high right now? If your children can have everything they want, how come they cant have a drug free dad? You just wait as you get older and see how the everyday smoking of this drug has affected you. And if god forbid you lose your job for no fault of your own and have to take a drug test to get another one, then what are you gonna do?

    Also Different Look, the only thing in your comment that makes any sense is “my limited knowledge”.

    Anyone that thinks pot cannot cause harm, tell it to my niece who no longer has a dad because he was so busy getting stoned that he did not see the semi stopped in front of him, why smoking pot is harmless.

  16. profssrchaos19 07/24/13 at 9:52pm

    Both in my personal experiences, and statistically speaking, tobacco and alcohol are much more harmful than pot is. Also, personally I believe pot should be legalized, controlled, and taxed, very much like alcohol and cigarettes are today. It’s a huge untapped market, and in my opinion, if controlled and regulated MOST (this is a big key word) problems with getting high off pot would disappear. (From my own personal experiences, the only bad experiences I seen, were when additional substances were added to the marijuana) Again, I can’t speak for everybody, only through my own experience. Also… the movie “super high me” has me convinced of my viewpoint .

  17. sobergal 07/25/13 at 4:38am

    I have experienced the effects of both pot and booze. I found both of them to be damaging in my life, as a child in others “tornado” of use (more pot than drink) and as adult. If I could protect today’s youth from using I would, but that’s not reality. Just like saying no to sex. They may say no many, many times, but one time is all it takes. We should legalize so we can differentiate “gateway” drugs such the above named from the others drugs that will kill them. Pot is like alcohol. Widely available, used by generations, can be used socially and moderately and would generate financial resources for state and government. It would also categorically define what kills you in one use and what doesn’t. We could also keep it from being laced as so much pot is now. I think if we want a fighting chance against the drugs that kill, telling kids not smoke pot is no different than telling them not to drink, as it is illegal for them until they are 21 anyway. Legalize, this isn’t about youth, but it will change the future for those who have pot head parents and can’t talk about it for fear of being removed from the home because it’s illegal drug.

  18. Inform not Destroy 07/25/13 at 10:09am

    People will bicker and argue over opinions. Fact is, marijuana is both a blessing and a curse. Some people can handle it, some people medically need it, and conversely, some people are allergic to it and others can’t handle how it affects them. Do I condone the use of marijuana? It’s not my place to tell you, it’s up to you to decide for yourself. Like sex education is a parents obligation to teach their children, I’ll give my son the knowledge to make an informed decision when he’s of age. In my opinion though, it’s not for our government to decide for us what we should or should not do, it should be our choice. I don’t drink, I know how it affects me and I don’t like it, but I know people who do drink responsibly and enjoy it in moderation. I still think it should be an individual’s choice whether they drink or not. Same should be true with marijuana.

  19. Pine County's finest 07/25/13 at 11:25am

    Pine County should sell the pot and with the profits go after the Meth Labs. It turns my stomach to watch the kids and adults who lost control of themselves walk around town. They’re like zombies……. put the marijuana to good use, sell it!

  20. Just for kicks 07/25/13 at 4:25pm

    I think everything that some one has a problem with should be illegal. That way we can all be on the same boat. No more arguing just a total facist gov’t run country would be awesome. Just saying. And some people should learn how to drive. Don’t blame the weed, blame the weeder. don’t blame the alcohol, blame the alcoholic. don’t blame the text, blame the texter. don’t blame the women, blame the lack of perception.

  21. Local 07/26/13 at 10:00am

    Bottom line is that it is still illegal and a bunch of computer nerds arguing online is not going to change that.

  22. ecbc 07/26/13 at 11:01am

    Alcohol perhaps has killed many more than marijuana. I don’t know. But, alcohol, because it is legal, will kill many more than marijuana, because it is legal and more readily available without fear of prosecution. Only makes sense. I don’t like government regulations anymore than the next guy. But, I don’t think we should make something else that is proven harmful ( I did google it and looked up a lot of facts about it) readily available. Next thing, we will be like Amsterdam, not a very family friendly place that is not a healthy society. There has to be a balance.

  23. ecbc 07/26/13 at 11:08am

    More states are legalizing it because they are getting tired of the fight. Like giving into your kid when he keeps begging to stay up later than he should or eat more candy than he should. Yep, just give in. Added bonus, we can make more money that way too on the weakness of others and their addictions. Greed is always a good reason to do things!! Just saying!

  24. MR Mike 07/26/13 at 5:17pm

    In Reply to “ecbc “,
    You are showing Your ignorance. I can personally say That I have smoked marijuana since I was 13, and Now am over 50, And I would match My brain power against Yours any time. It’s so funny to look at those pictures above, The cop is looking like He just saved the world, How stupid is that?
    The only question I have is: How much of My tax dollars did it cost to eradicate this EVIL WEED?
    Get a LIFE!

  25. Are you serious? 07/27/13 at 12:55pm

    LOL @ MR Mike,

    First of all – “The cop” who you say looks like he “just saved the world” is NOT a cop. That is Jesse Logan – the News Director. Good grief. “Get a LIFE”

    Pine County’s Finest,

    I AGREE! Go after the meth labs….! Good God Almighty, I can’t even buy a bottle of cough syrup when my kids get sick anymore without practically being patted down at Walmart. It’s ridiculous that they go after a plant, instead of the losers who make and use meth in Pine County. It is sickening.

    I personally have no particular preference when it comes to marijuana. I know people who need it for medical reasons – one friend who was nearly killed in a car accident, his life was changed forever and he is in excruciating pain daily. Marijuana is the only thing that helps with the pain. But, on the flip side, I had a neighbor who smoked marijuana for years and years, and to get that guy to create a simple, full sentence….just not gonna happen. He is simply “vacant”.

    I don’t condone its use – like another person said above – but I also don’t think it’s necessary to confiscate a weed growing in the wild when there are so many other issues that are killing our communities.

    If they wish to go after drugs – go after the METH users. JMO

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