Authorities seek to curb ginseng plant thefts in Indiana

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Authorities are seeking to curb the theft of ginseng from land in southern Indiana.

The state Department of Natural Resources says 44-year-old Charles Cole Jr. of New Salisbury is wanted on a warrant related to thefts in Harrison County. The DNR says conservation officers on Oct. 10 investigated a trespassing report where a man identified as Cole was spotted on a trail camera.

The DNR says Cole is believed to have stolen ginseng plants from the property and elsewhere. He’s also suspected in the theft of ginseng in Washington County.

The root of the plant is touted as an herbal medicine. Harvesting and sale are regulated. The DNR says Cole is believed to have sold at least 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of ginseng, much of which may have been stolen.

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