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Marijuana-growing operation found near Durand

The Pepin County Sheriff's Department along with the West Central Drug Task Force have discovered another large marijuana-growing operation in the region -- this time near Durand.

This operation was found Sept. 29, on a farm off Highway 25 in the Town of Waubeek, about three miles north of Durand.

Authorities say they found more than 400 marijuana plants with an estimated street value exceeding $150,000.

According to Chief Deputy Kim Seipel of the Pepin County Sheriff's Department, the landowner discovered the plants and alerted authorities.

At the scene officers also found gardening tools and fertilizer.

The find was very similar to one found in Pierce County about two weeks earlier.

"We believe there is a strong connection between the two," said Seipel.

The Pierce County growing operation was discovered by a hunter and the estimated street value of the find was more than $250,000.

Like the Pepin County find, the landowner in Pierce County was not aware of the operation.

The Pierce County operation was discovered along the Rush River, about two miles north of Highway 10 and approximately eight miles northwest of Plum City.

No arrests have been made in connection with the Pepin County growing operation. Authorities ask that anyone who has information about the operation contact the Pepin County Sheriff's Department at 715.672.5944.