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SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - Nearly 700 marijuana plants were seized from a Smith County property off FM 2016 near CR 427, according to DPS. The CPS Criminal Investigation Division located the property after receiving an anonymous tip earlier in the week.

The Department of Public Safety troopers and other east Texas law enforcement spent hours Friday morning pulling the plants from the ground. CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains how it all unfolded.

For nearly five hours, agencies worked down a winding road into a wooded area collecting nearly 700 marijuana plants. The land is on private property so CBS 19 crews weren't allowed on site. Law enforcement said, removing the illegal cash crop from the location is one more victory in the fight against drugs.

Stashed in the woods behind an overgrown flower nursery, the marijuana plants thrived in the sun and soil.

"It is a lot for that particular space...criminals will make the most out of the space that's available," said DPS Trooper Jean Dark.

An anonymous tip led d-p-s to this privately owned property off FM 2016. Trooper  Dark said crews searched from the air and pin pointed the grow site. With help from other east Texas agencies, they went in around 6:00 Friday morning to put a stop to it.

"Often times these locations are out on a deer leases or way out in the county where it's very difficult to get to the location, which is very attractive to the criminal."

Trooper Dark said because law enforcement is dealing with  unknown criminal operation, in situations like this -- law enforcement must take extreme safety measures.

"It does happen, it's not anything new, this is something we continuously been out doing," she said about  the frequencies of operations like this.

DPS says operations like this can happen at any time but it's even more likely in the summer since growing conditions are typically better. Law enforcement says if you know of any illegal growing operations, they urge you to alert law enforcement . 

At this point there's no word whether the landowners were even aware of the marijuana on the property. DPS is investigating and so far no arrests have been made. No suspects have been named either.


SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - Nearly 700 marijuana plants were seized from a Smith County property off FM 2016 near CR 427, according to DPS. The CPS Criminal Investigation Division located the property after receiving an anonymous tip earlier in the week.

DPS aircraft was able to pinpoint the exact location and were able to perform a joint eradication operation with the Smith County Sheriff's office, Tyler police and several other agencies.

The investigation continues and no arrests have been made.

Individuals with information about possible marijuana cultivation – indoor or outdoor – are encouraged report such activities to law enforcement officials.


By Kenneth Dean

(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - The Department of Public Safety and the Smith Country Sheriff's office are currently involved in a large scale operation just north of Tyler.

Jean Dark, DPS Public Information Officer, confirmed the operation falls under DPS and that the reports of officers with guns visible to motorists on Hwy 69 about a mile outside of Loop 323 are correct.

Further details are not yet available.

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