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Canoers On Lake Monroe Caught With Illegal Ginseng
Updated June 8, 2017 7:51 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(LAKE MONROE) - Indiana Conservation Officers are pursing charges of possession of illegal ginseng after stopping a canoe on Lake Monroe.

On Sunday, Conservation Officers initiated a boat stop on a canoe for appearing to not possess a lake use permit.

Police say 33-year-old Kristina Curry cover something behind her in the canoe when she saw the officers approaching.

Police discovered Curry and her passenger 33-year-old Matthew Ross were attempting to hide ginseng.

The two admitted to digging the herb on state property and having more at their campsite and home.

Officers were given consent to search their vehicle, campsite in Paynetown State Recreation Area and the couple's Bloomington home.

Overall police found 7 ginseng plants, 2 ginseng roots and other various roots. All were seized as evidence.

Curry and Ross are being charged with possession of ginseng out of season and digging ginseng on state property.

Ginseng is a plant that is dug for its root. Ginseng can be legally harvested from September 1-December 31 of each year. Ginseng must be sold to a licensed ginseng dealer or disposed of prior to March 31 of the following year. It is illegal to dig Ginseng on state property.

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