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Biggest-ever pot bust in Kosciusko County

June 03, 2013|By Don Wagner dwagner@wsbt.com | WSBT-TV
  • Christopher Cords, 48, of Burket (Kosciusko County Jail booking photo)
Christopher Cords, 48, of Burket (Kosciusko County Jail booking photo)

BURKET, Ind. – Police in Kosciusko County have uncovered what may be the largest marijuana grow operation in the county’s history.

Acting on an anonymous tip Monday morning, members of the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Drug Task Force went to a small rural farm in the 7800 block of West, County Road 600 South, southwest of the town of Burket.

Officers met with the owner, Christopher Cords, 48, who gave police the okay to search his barns and out-buildings.

Deputies then uncovered an elaborate indoor marijuana grow operation which covered several rooms inside the main barn.

At that point, Indiana State Police were called to help dismantle the huge equipment that included fans, heating elements, grow lighting and a sophisticated irrigation system.

“The grow operation located (Monday) morning by Kosciusko County Drug Task Force deputies appears to be the largest in Kosciusko County history,” said Sheriff’s Captain Aaron Rovenstine. “Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputies and troopers have estimated that the total street value seized (Monday) would well surpass $200,000. Approximately 646 plants were seized into evidence.”

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Cords was taken to the Kosciusko County Jail and booked on a $5,000 bond for preliminary charges of felony dealing in marijuana with intent to deal and felony possession of marijuana, growing, cultivating over 30 grams.

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