Hiker’s tip leads to pot in Minn. state park

Published 4:02 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2011

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — A hiker’s tip has led authorities to a large marijuana-growing operation hidden in a western Minnesota state park.

The operation was uncovered at Maplewood State Park near Pelican Rapids.

The plants were not growing wild but were cultivated. Some of them were 5 feet tall. Tags with names such as “Voodoo,” ”Poison” and “Blue Skunk” were marking the plants.

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Officers removed 187 plants that were ready for harvest near Flatmark Lake. They also collected other evidence.