South Texas marijuana field found worth $10 million
Federal officials say they have discovered a large marijuana growing operation near the town of Raymondville, located 50 miles from the Mexico border.
Found in a remote area surrounded by mesquite trees, the two acre operation was home to about about 11,500 cannabis plants. Officials say they amount to around 9,000 pounds and is worth about $10 million.
Plants were as tall as 10 feet, and the operation was about 10 miles from town.
“It reminds you of Vietnam,” Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said of the operation’s primitive sophistication. Plants were fed by PVC pipes which pumped water from a nearby canal.
Federal agents spent two days uprooting the field. No suspects were found.