Plants Were So Big They Looked 'Like Christmas Trees'

LANCASTER (CBS) —  A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of growing an estimated $5 million worth of marijuana in Lancaster, according to authorities.

Abdul Jamar, 36, was arrested on an isolated five-acre farm near 57th Street East, about a half-mile north of Avenue E about 9 a.m., said Deputy Michael Rust of the sheriff’s Lancaster Station.

Authorities said Jamar had about 1,000 plants, some eight feet tall with five- to six-inch thick stalks. Some of the pot plants looked like Christmas trees, Rust said.

Jamar had been arrested this past June on similar charges and was reportedly in court on those charges Monday.

The deputy who arrested Jamar three months ago went by a new farm today and became suspicious, Rust said.

The U.S. Forest Service provided a truck large enough to carry the plants away, Rust said.

The farm had two 50-foot by 100-foot plywood-covered enclosures where the plants were being grown. The farm in the June arrest was about six miles away and had one enclosure, Rust said.

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