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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
Large marijuana growing operation found in Ridgley: The Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force discovered over 350 marijuana plants in a residence at Ridgley on Nov. 1. The trailer, which is rented by Thomas B. Golden, housed a hydroponic growing operation in two bedrooms, one bathroom and a large double-shelf cabinet. Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force officers estimated the operation's value at over $350,000. Pictured above, in one of the marijuana growing bedrooms, is Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff. Democrat Photo