Sheriff's police in McHenry County this week seized 656 marijuana plants from a field near Marengo, but said the plants were not being cultivated, but were growing wild.
Sheriff's deputies were called to the 20000 block of Anthony Road near Marengo on Monday after the property owner discovered what he believed to be marijuana growing along the west side of a cornfield, a release from the sheriff's office said.
A deputy, a K-9 Unit, and members of the sheriff's Intelligence Led Policing Unit responded and found cannabis growing wild, saying it was not the result of an organized cultivation. The estimated the street value of the marijuana would have been about $6,500 if harvested, the release said.
Summer months leading into fall are the typical time for outdoor cannabis growing operations to be tended and harvested, according to the sheriff's office.