Officials have uncovered one of the Pennsylvania's largest illegal marijuana growing operations in state forest, where 100-year-old trees were cut down to make way for the gardens.
A Juniata couple arrested on charges of growing pot in their home face charges in connection with the case, the Public Opinion in Chambersburg reported.
About two acres of trees were cut down in the Tuscarora State Forest in Mifflin County to grow about 1,000 marijuana plants, officials stated. Some of the timber had been used to make raised beds for the grow operation, the paper reported.
"We were especially disappointed that one large conifer was cut down," Steve Wacker, assistant district forester at Tuscarora told the news site. "A couple of trees were well over 100 years old. We're trying to assess the dollar-value of the trees."