The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

October 10, 2013

What’s that smell? Turns out it’s pot in a cornfield

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer

SOUTH PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP — Jeff Burns and his crew from Brookfield Farms were harvesting field corn Wednesday afternoon when they smelled something funkier than the sweet smell of manure that permeates the farm on Tamarack Drive in South Pymatuning Township.

“It was surprising,” Burns said.

The smell was wafting from more than 30 marijuana plants that were growing in one of the corn rows.

It was overpowering from about 20 feet away.

“I’ve got to wash my hands,” South Pymatuning Township policeman A.J. Foriska said at one point as he and township public works employee Burt DeVries plucked the pot, root and all, and tossed it into the back of a township truck.

The cannabis had been cloaked in the corn and was hidden from view until one of Burns’ farmhands noticed “green bushes” growing amid the corn.

“I’ve been here 30 years and never found a marijuana plant,” Burns said.

The pot was “almost ready to be picked,” Foriska said.

Foriska and DeVries spent more than an hour Wednesday pulling up the pot and stashing it in the truck.

It will be destroyed, Foriska said.

It probably won’t be determined who was growing the green stuff in the field.

It’s owned by Brookfield Farms, which is owned by the Kirilas, Burns said.