East Texas bust yields 8,000 marijuana plants
Law enforcement officers in east Texas caught three men in the act of tending to a field of at least 8,000 marijuana plants.
When the men realized they had been spotted, they went on the run, and for a while officials set up searches, however no one was ever detained.
The elaborate scheme involved a camp with generators and an irrigation system and spanned three sites.
Deputies went into the fields to pull some of the plants, but parts of the fields weren’t accessible for a truck and trailer.
“We’re moving them from the fields with a helicopter to an open field, where we’re going to hand count the plants. We do that to figure out how many plants because we have some figures to calculate how much marijuana that would produce, so that will be used for prosecution later on,” Sheriff Larry Smith of Smith County told KLTV.
Crackdowns at the border have forced cartels to set up marijuana growing operations in Texas, and this one particular garden has been a drop in the bucket compared to some busts which have seen over 100,000 plants.