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$60 million in marijuana found growing in Erath County

Erath County Sheriff Office
Erath County Sheriff Office

A recently discovered marijuana growing operation in Erath County has officials wondering if any arrests will be made.

Authorities raided a 10 acre plot of public land last week and discovered around 10,000 marijuana plants which they estimated as being worth $60 million.

“The marijuana plants were growing between corn stalks and other vegetation,” DPS spokesman Dub Gillum said. “Whoever did this was trying to camouflage it.”

“This is a slow-moving puzzle,” he said. “It’s a complicated case because it involves the local, state and federal authorities.”

“We are hitting the cartels pretty hard so domestically-grown marijuana like this has increased over the years,” Gillum said.

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Calling Friday’s seizure in Erath County a “significant” case, Gillum said it is the largest he has seen in the 25 years he has been involved with local law enforcement according to Stephenville Empire-Tribune.

“It’s hard to imagine one person was responsible for all of this,” Gillum said.

The plants have been taken to an undisclosed location where they will be dried and weighed.

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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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1 Comment

  1. Bill
    July 28, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    And we cant have that money, because our legislatures feel they know what is best for us idiotic civilians. Maybe they can have the money.