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Marijuana crop found at Maplewood State Park

Members of the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Conservation officers extracted 187 marijuana plants Monday from Maplewood State Park near Pelican Rapids. The plants were not growing wild but were cultivated, with some growing to 5 feet tall. Photo courtesy Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. - A hiker stumbled across nearly 200 marijuana plants in an apparent growing operation in Maplewood State Park over the weekend.

A citizen reported the plants about 3:30 Sunday afternoon, according to a release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department.

The citizen was walking through the park and came across two separate clearings, both with marijuana plants in them.

Deputies and conservation officers from the Department of Natural Resources removed 187 marijuana plants on Monday from the park near Flatmark Lake.

The plants were all about 5 feet tall and ready for harvest. Some of the plants had plastic markers at the bottom of them with different names, such as "Voo Doo," "Blue Skunk" and "Poison."

No arrests have been made, but the Otter Tail Sheriff's Office is asking for information as deputies investigate who is responsible for planting the marijuana.

Maplewood State Park is about seven miles east of Pelican Rapids on State Highway 108. The 9,250-acre park hosts more than 104,000 visitors each year.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office at (218) 998-8555.