By DAVE McMILLION
HANCOCK - Authorities Tuesday dug up about 254 marijuana plants found growing near the C&O Canal west of Hancock, one of the largest crops of pot ever found in the park that runs along the Potomac River, according to authorities.
The plants, between 3 and 8 feet tall, were about three weeks away from maturity, said John Bailey, a U.S. park ranger with the C&O Canal National Historical Park.
At maturity, the plants would have been worth about $300,000, Bailey said.
"This is probably one of the most major (pot discoveries) we've had," said Bailey.
Bailey said it is not uncommon for marijuana to be planted on public land because the grower, if caught, does not risk having personal property seized by authorities under civil forfeiture laws.