Bell County, Ky deputies destroy more than 150 marijuana plants

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) -- Deputies made an arrest Saturday night for what they say is one of the largest and elaborate marijuana cases they've seen.

Robert Bidlingmyer, 50, was arrested after deputies seized more than 150 marijuana plants.

Officials say they consider this case a big step toward cleaning up the drug problems in their communities.

"We always have people that tend to start out with marijuana and go on to bigger things," says Deputy Patrick Brooks. "It's definitely a big step because a lot of kids like to get a hold of marijuana, it's a big thing in our schools."

"They won't get started on his marijuana," says Bell County Sheriff Bruce Bennett, "to go into heavier drugs."

They say by eliminating this crop of what they call "gateway drugs," they're one step closer to a safer county..

Bidlingmyer is charged with Tampering With Physical Evidence, and Cultivating Marijuana.

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