The Kentucky State Police were in the air over Marshall County last week searching for illegal marijuana growing operations.
On Friday, the heliopter surveillance paid dividends when troopers located marijuana plants growing at a residence on Tatumsville Highway.
A search warrant was served at the residence, resulting in the seizure of 35 marijuana plants with a street value of $70,000.
Officers also seized $100 in cash, drug paraphernalia items and firearms.
Charges in the investigation are pending by Trooper Trey Green.
Also on Friday KSP cited Kathy C. Kuelker, 52, of Symsonia Highway in Benton.
Kuelker was chargedwith cultivating in marijuana, five plants or more (Class D Felony), possession of marijuana (Class B Misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (Class A Misdemeanor).
Those charges stem from a drug investigation conducted by the State Police. Troopers seized five marijuana plants with a street value of $10,000 and drug paraphernalia items from Kuelker’s property.
KSP was assisted on the scene by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.
Kentucky State Police Detective Donald Bowman continues the investigation.
Anyone with drug information can contact the Kentucky State Police marijuana and drug hotline at 1-800-367-3847.