Grundy County deputy stumbles on $37 million in pot plants

photo Grundy County, Tenn., Sheriff's Deputy Derrick Morrison watches as a pile of marijuana plants is burned behind the Grundy County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. The harvest was confiscated off Taylor Road near Gruetli-Laager, Tenn., by GCSD, DEA and TBI officers and had a street value of $37 million.

ALTAMONT, Tenn. - A Grundy County deputy's trip into the woods led to this week's discovery of a large outdoor marijuana-growing operation and almost 40,000 plants worth $37 million.

Grundy County Sheriff Brent Myers hand counted the first 2,000 large marijuana plants that were found growing in large wooden boxes on private property at the end of Taylor Road in Gruetli-Laager, near Savage Gulf State Natural Area.