What to Know
- A marijuana crop was found in southeast Texas.
- The plants in total are worth around $6 million.
- Officers are still looking for a suspect.
In a large field in southeast Texas, nearly $6 million of marijuana plants were quietly growing...until Tuesday, that is.
A task force of over 30 officers from multiple southeast Texas counties busted a huge marijuana crop off of County Road 336 by Palestine, Texas on Tuesday.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said that 5,200 marijuana plants in total were discovered.
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The plants were all sizes, according to Sheriff Gregg Taylor from the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.
He said they ranged from being brand new growth to eight feet tall—and their “street value” is upwards of $6 million.
This marijuana raid comes only two weeks after a similar marijuana crop was found in Anderson County. Those 3,900 illegal plants were worth around $3 million, Taylor said.
Taylor said the officers were close to finding a suspect after the most recent raid. He said that the officers found a campsite with candles still burning.
The plants are being destroyed by local, state and federal agencies.
No arrests have been made in the case, and the sheriff’s office didn’t confirm if there is an active search for a suspect.
The officers “believe these fields are being produced by drug cartels from Mexico; the same task force has conducted several raids over the summer in several east Texas counties,” Taylor said.
Sheriff’s officers from Anderson, Van Zandt, Angelina, Smith, & San Jacinto counties are all a part of the investigation, Taylor said.