Winnsboro cops find pot in downtown planter

Source: Winnsboro Police
Source: Winnsboro Police
Source: Winnsboro Police
Source: Winnsboro Police

By Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield - bio | email

WINNSBORO, SC (WIS) - Winnsboro police are investigating a marijuana discovery in an unlikely place, a downtown flower pot.

It's a sight Winnsboro Police Chief Freddie Lorick says he's never seen in his 32 years in law enforcement, marijuana growing on Main Street in downtown Winnsboro. He even thought it was a joke.

"I said 'Oh it's not marijuana in the town's potted plants, but lo and behold, it's marijuana," said Lorick.

A horticulturist noticed the odd-looking plant and flagged down a State Law Enforcement Division agent who happened to be in the area. After SLED and police took a look, they confirmed the plants were actually marijuana.

"Then he happened to see one of our resident SLED agents to be across the street and he calls them over, says, 'Hey Cuz!' Hank said, 'That's marijuana!'" said Lorick.

Chief Lorick said he has no idea who planted it.  He said someone may have thrown the seeds into the pot as a prank.

"I think somebody may have as a practical joke, just thrown it in a flower plant," said Lorick. "Who knows."

Lorick said there is a good chance authorities will never know who did it.

"Although it's not good, it's a little more comical than someone getting shot, I mean, I gotta look at it that way," said Lorick.

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