SENECA COUNTY, N.Y. — The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said 309 marijuana plants were seized for destruction after the weed was found growing wild in four of 10 towns in the county, officials said earlier this month.

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The department’s annual investigation of the unlawful outside growing of marijuana let to hundreds of plants being destroyed and one arrest, according to a news release.

Police said that while the drug has been decriminalized in New York State, outdoor plant growth causes “a serious problem” for farmers.

The news release states that the weeds, “commonly grow in corn fields and cause significant damage to farming fields.”

During the joint operation — which included the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, and New York State Environmental Conservation Police — one person was taken into custody.

Shannon P. Green, 41, was charged after police say they found eight pounds of marijuana in his home at 1272 West Townline Road in the town of Junius. He was charged with felony second-degree criminal possession of marihuana and misdemeanor unlawful growing of Cannabis.

Police said he was on probation at the time of his arrest for a 2013 incident where he was found with more than 10 pounds of marihuana.

Green was arraigned in the Junius Town Court. His bail at the Seneca County Correctional Facility was set at $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secured bond.

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Jolene Almendarez

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