UPDATE: LIVINGSTON (KHOU) – After two days of working in the stifling heat, law enforcement officers and inmates have removed more than 100,000 pot plants from 29 fields in Polk County.
The estimated street value of the marijuana is $175 million, one of the biggest busts in Texas history.
They also found some cell phones in the fields that they're hoping will lead to the ringleader of the massive operation.
GOODRICH (KHOU)– Dozens of law enforcement officers and Polk County inmates were back at work Tuesday to clear out tens of thousands of marijuana plants from fields in the area.
By late Tuesday morning, they had uprooted more than 70,000 pot plants.
The estimated value is $175 million.
GOODRICH (KHOU) – A deer hunter stumbled upon thousands of pot plants in what could end up being one of the biggest marijuana busts in Texas history.
The hunter was at his deer lease in Goodrich off Old Highway 35 Saturday when he saw the suspicious plants and alerted authorities.
Polk County deputies say they've already recovered 44,000 plants and they haven't even started clearing out 16 additional fields spotted by air.
Deputies describe it as a sophisticated operation that used water from a creek to hydrate the marijuana. There was also a campground on the site.
Polk County deputies teamed up with DPS officers, Livingston police officers and Polk County constables Monday to uproot the marijuana plants from 10 fields.
Polk County inmates helped load the plants on trailers.
A DPS helicopter flew over the area and spotted 16 more fields that could contain pot. They hope to finish searching them on Tuesday.
"I sure wish I had found it first," said one area resident.
One suspect is in custody and more arrests are expected.