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Texas authorities discover 40,000 marijuana plants worth millions on farm

July 4, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas authorities discover 40,000 marijuana plants worth millions on farm

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Law enforcement officials apprehended approximately 40,000 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value in the millions, from a massive, grow operation located in West Texas.

According to a news release, issued by Texas Parks and Wildlife on Friday, authorities uncovered the extensive operation while conducting an aerial surveillance of Menard County.

The site had a strong infrastructure, including irrigation and camps that the wardens and Menard County sheriff’s Office discovered when they executed a search of the ranch on Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Wardens assist in investigating extensive marijuana growing operations in rural areas that often involve criminal trespass, environmental crime, and wildlife poaching.

The director of the law enforcement division of the agency, Col. Craig Hunter, said in a statement: “Our game wardens have encountered armed subjects protecting grow sites, located discarded firearms within the sites and have been contacted by hunters and landowners who have unknowingly come across these locations.”

Dallas police also discovered an enormous marijuana-growing operation back in April that resulted in the seizure of over 5,000 plants.

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