Marijuana Plants

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State officials say the Panhandle's Holmes County led the state by hauling in more than 6,400 marijuana plants in 2003, nearly 2,000 more than any other Florida county.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says deputies found the plants at eight outdoor and two indoor sites around Holmes County. The seizures led to 11 arrests.

Miami-Dade County was second with 4,462 plants. Two counties that border Jackson and Walton counties, while border Holmes, came in third and fourth.

Statewide totals show 409 people were arrested and nearly 40,000 pot plants seized in 2003. That compares to 347 arrests and nearly 38,000 plants in 2002.