Texas rancher discovers marijuana farm worth $2 million
A Texas rancher discovered a huge marijuana growing operation on land he was leasing from the federal government Tuesday after he saw two men fleeing the area.
According to a press release from the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department, deputies received a call from a rancher just after 1:00 p.m. who reported that he had found a large scale cannabis operation which is believed to be ran by drug cartels.
In all, officials say they found approximately 5,500 plants in various stages of growth, all the way from seedlings to fully flowering. They estimated the value of it all at $2 million.
While they weren’t sure how long the operation had been going, officials did say it appeared to have been there for quite a while.
The two men left behind toiletries, food, and clothes. Nothing was left which could identify them.
An Air Wing Unit had to be brought in to help secure the area due to it being inaccessible by vehicle.
The rancher was leasing the land from the Army Corps of Engineers. Officials are still investigating the scene.
The wooded property, located in western Chambers County off Gou Hole Rd., is less than a mile from the FM 565.
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