Largest pot bust in history of Shelby County made
Shelby County authorities have found a 100 acre field of marijuana plants which they estimate to be worth about $1 million dollars. Since the discovery on Monday, officers have been busy pulling up the plants and filling trailers as they prepare to burn them.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office initially received a tip and then conducted a flyover of the area. From there they found between 10,000 and 12,000 plants.
Some of the plants were over 12 feet tall and officers stated that it was likely the largest bust in the history of the east Texas area.
An irrigation system fed the area from two local ponds and a campsite was found, though there was no one around.
The landowner told officials that he didn’t know anything about the operation and had planned to clear the property and plant pines.
Deputies have already filled two trailers and two dump trucks, and will also continue their investigation in hopes of finding people connected with the operation. Sheriff Willis Blackwell stated “it’s got to be a pretty good group in here that are living back at some camps that we found. As much as there is back in here and as much as they’ve found, anybody that we do arrest or prosecute on it would be on a class 1 felony.”
By: Stephen Carter
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