PAXTON - Some law enforcement students got about as realistic a lesson as possible Thursday in Walton County.
They were participating in an Office of Agriculture Law Enforcement and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) marijuana detection class when they hit pay dirt. A chopper spotted 277 marijuana plants from the air, off Flowers View Road in the Paxton area.
Investigators say the fully mature plants would be worth $512,000 on the street.
Class members confiscated the plants and took them to the Walton County Sheriff's Office where they will be destroyed.
Deputies are still looking for the people responsible for growing all that pot.