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Investigators explain local drug operation

It sounds like the scene from a horror movie — “The Farm.”

But it was the scene of a large methamphetamine distribution off Hunter School Road in Grand Valley.

While it might sound like a backwood locale — and it is — the organizers had put some technological resource into the site to protect their illicit trade.

“‘The Farm’ was the local distribution hub,” Chief County Detective Brian Zeybel said.

Zeybel said there “half a dozen distributors that were on rosters. It was run like a business.

“They had their orders on certain days when the load comes in” and amounts they were to push in certain parts of the county.

That end user location is “where we saw it most on the street level, working it backwards.”

He described “The Farm” itself as a “clapboard farmhouse in the middle of Appalachia.”

With a dirt driveway one-third of a mile long, old outbuildings, a horse barn, “farm-related mud” from the animals on scene, including ducks, chickens and dogs.

But there was a “sophistication to it,” Zeybel explained — sensor beams and possibly vibration sensors that would indicate when a car is coming down the drive. “It’s off the grid.”

“It was a compound,” he said. “Certain occupants that lived at the farm had extremely large hasps and pad locks on certain bedroom doors.” He said the locks would “secure goods from other people at ‘The Farm’ compound and people that stopped there to do business?

How many people were living there? Six to eight at the time of two separate raids in the farmhouse and two small trailers. There were children present at the second raid.

Were the people living there doing so in exchange for distributing the meth?

Zeybel called that a “fair statement for some of them.”

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