Montgomery County Sheriff's Office seizes 4,700 marijuana plants
The Special Investigations Unit of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office seized 4,700 marijuana plants on July 26, according to a sheriff's press release.
The confiscation came after the unit served a narcotics search warrant on a residence and several acres of heavily wooded property that adjoined the residence in Tyler County off FM 1013.
The unit learned about the outdoor marijuana-growing operation as part of an undercover investigation and worked with the Tyler County Sheriff's Office to seize the 4,700 marijuana plants, which were found in heavy brush and trees. Eradicating the plants was difficult, according to the press release.
The Texas Forest Service used bulldozers to create trails into the grow areas. The growers irrigated the plants via a series of hoses and pumps that were powered by portable generators. Suspected illegal aliens living in nearby tents allegedly tended the plants.
Two people were arrested, and more arrests are expected to follow. Numerous state and federal agencies assisted the deputies.