ELKHART — Police found more than 500 marijuana plants growing near Elkhart Central High School last week.
According to information provided by the Elkhart Police Department, a tip led officers to an area near the ECHS baseball field on Sunday morning, July 7.
Police contacted school administrators and removed approximately 556 plants from the area. The plants appeared to be growing wild without anyone cultivating them.
School officials told police they would have the soil turned over and sprayed with a vegetation killer to ensure the plants did not reappear.
Police are not pursuing a criminal investigation.
The Indiana State Police were contacted because of the large number of plants at the scene but did not assist in the investigation or the disposal of the plants.
Sgt. Trent Smith said the ISP eradicates “thousands upon thousands” of wild marijuana plants each year throughout the state.
“(Wild marijuana) is not as potent as the commercial stuff people buy, but it’s still marijuana,” Smith said.