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Marijuana Haul Put at $14 Million and Growing

September 10, 1991

CALHOUN CITY, Miss. (AP) _ A candidate for sheriff was in jail on $1 million bond Tuesday after authorities said they seized more than 14,000 marijuana plants with a street value of $14 million from his farm.

Calhoun County Sheriff George Leslie Pollan said the investigation began after an anonymous tip Friday. Air surveillance revealed the plants growing in four plots on the 500-acre farm of Howard McPhail Jr., Pollan said.

About 150 pounds of dried plants also were found in the attic of McPhail’s home, the sheriff’s department said. Authorities had seized four vehicles and were continuing to confiscate plants Tuesday.

McPhail had been running for sheriff in an election in which one Republican and nine Democrats, including the incumbent sheriff, are candidates.

McPhail was arrested along with his sisters, Trilby McPhail and Carolyn McPhail, on charges of manufacture of a controlled substance over a kilogram, officials said. The sisters also were jailed on $1 million bond.

A fourth person, John Sack of Calhoun City, was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

No court appearances had been scheduled.

State, city and county officers found the marijuana plots protected by sophisticated equipment, including trip wires, audible alarms and a solar- powered electric fence, the sheriff’s department said.

″We expected nothing like this,″ Pollan said.

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