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Deputies destroy more than 3K marijuana plants in East Texas

May 17, 2018

GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities have destroyed more than 3,100 marijuana plants after an East Texas landowner reported finding an illegal campsite with trees cleared and an irrigated pot-growing operation.

Hunt County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Haines said Thursday that no one has been arrested in the case.

The property owner on Monday told officers about coming upon the unoccupied site in northeast Hunt County. Sheriff’s officials on Wednesday announced the bust and estimated the cost of setting up the illegal operation — including tents, generators, fuel, food and water for several people— was about $15,000.

Deputies with the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation that included uncovering irrigation lines at the scene. Officials estimate the marijuana would have had a street value of about $186,000.

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