Texas DPS raids marijuana field with armored personnel carrier
The Texas Department of Public Safety raided a marijuana growing operation in a field near Tyler on Friday morning, netting about 700 plants.
After receiving an anonymous tip about the marijuana field, DPS officials scouted from the air, confirming the operation.
Officials set up at an area at Farm to Market Road 216 and County Road 247 located off of U.S. Highway 69 north of West Northwest Loop 323. The perimieter was secured by DPS with armored cars and helicopters around 6:00 a.m., Friday morning. Around 7:15 a.m., additional units were called in to seize the marijuana with all-terrain vehicles.
DPS conducted the eradication in a joint effort with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler Police Department, US Attorney’s Eastern District, ICE/HIS, Smith County District Attorney’s Office and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
A local resident remarked after the raid, “what a waste of taxpayer money. Let’s see it took six organizations, using helicopters, armored vehicles, ATV’s, and no telling how many just regular old squad cars and heavily armed officers to cut down some plants?”
No one was found at the scene and no arrests have been made.