Police Seize 190 Pounds of Ginseng for Harvesting Early

Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Liveginsing

West Virginia natural resources police say they arrested 11 individuals and seized 190 pounds of dry ginseng that was illegally harvested before the digging season began.

Digging season begins September 1st and runs through November 30th.

The Ginseng is valued near $180,000 dollars. The department said Wednesday the arrests followed a year-long investigation in southern West Virginia.

Police also seized stolen guns, illegal drugs and $30,000 in cash according to WVVA.