Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia State Police say they seized more than 222,600 marijuana plants in 2009, an all-time record.
Cpl. Michael Smith, who oversees the marijuana eradication program, says the street value of the plants is roughly $450 million.
The number of seizures has grown dramatically in recent years. In 2007, state police eradicated some 44,000 plants.
Last year, it was more than 140,000.
Smith says many of the plants are found in southern West Virginia, but this year state police also confiscated a significant number of plants in the eastern panhandle.
West Virginia's climate and rural nature make it ideal for cultivating marijuana.
(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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