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Published September 21, 2011, 08:16 PM

MN State Park-goers Won't Let Huge Pot Find Detract Them

MAPLEWOOD STATE PARK (WDAZ-TV) - People at Maplewood State Park are reacting to a drug bust deep in the backwoods.

By: Kelsey Roseth, WDAZ

MAPLEWOOD STATE PARK (WDAZ-TV) - People at Maplewood State Park are reacting to a drug bust deep in the backwoods.

Some say they're not surprised at the amount of marijuana growing right in the middle of a state park.

Cam Eveland's been coming to this campground for 12 years, just her and the girls. She's never heard of anything like this, but says it's not shocking.

"How many people average people go back into remote areas of this park?" Eveland said.

Deep in the backwoods, marijuana was growing near Flatmark Lake, and lots of it.

"187 full-grown, ready to harvest marijuana plants," Otter Tail County Sheriff Brian Schlueter said.

The marijuana was found in a clearing like this one. It may seem remote, but officials warn that eventually, someone will wander through.

"People actually do work in the park, they get out there quite a bit," Schlueter said.

A hiker found the hidden patch that the plants stood five feet tall. Ottertail County Sheriff says someone's been growing them for a while.

"Basically, like a garden, weeding around them, fertilizing, so forth; taking care of their plants," Schlueter said.

There's no suspect yet, but Schlueter says in order to press charges in the future they'll have to figure out how much pot was planted.

“To criminally charge someone we'd have to dry that plant down and remove the leaves and marijuana bud," Schlueter said.

Back at the picnic table Cam says she's not worried about danger at the park.

"It’s just gotten to be so common nowadays," Eveland said.

It's not stopping her from meeting the girls at their favorite place.

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