Marijuana grow busted

More than 3,100 plants were destroyed this week at an alleged marijuana farm in the northeastern corner of Hunt County.

More than 3,100 plants were destroyed this week at an alleged marijuana farm in the northeastern corner of Hunt County.

Representatives of the Hunt County and Hopkins County sheriff’s offices broke up what was reported as a large scale marijuana grow.

A statement from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Wednesday indicating that the landowner provided information Monday on the location of an illegal campsite as well as several plants he believed to be marijuana growing on his acreage.

Investigators from the two offices responded to the location and uncovered what was described as a very sophisticated marijuana farm. The area had been cleared of trees, and irrigation lines had been run for water to the plants as well as all the necessary nutrients to maintain and grow the crop. The campsite appeared to be set up for multiple persons with tents, generators, fuel, food and water.  Investigators estimated the cost of setting up the location at $15,000.

“I commend the landowner for reporting this activity on his property,” said Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks. “I would also like to thank Sheriff Lewis Tatum and his staff at the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.”

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office assigned inmate workers to the location to clear all the plants. If the plants had been fully grown and cultivated it would have been an estimated street value of $186,000.

No suspects were located at the scene and there is no additional information on who the suspects may be.

If anyone suspects anything suspicious on their land contact the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office at 903-453-6800.

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