Authorities seize $160k of marijuana in Fannin Co.

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

FANNIN COUNTY, TX -- A Fannin County man is under arrest after authorities found a greenhouse full of marijuana plants.

Thursday, multiple law enforcement agencies searched a greenhouse where they say nearly 50 massive marijuana plants were being grown -- most of which stood about 18 feet tall.

It's not the largest marijuana operation they've taken down, but Fannin County Sheriff Donnie Foster says it's a sizeable seizure.

"We found a pretty large quantity of marijuana. Over 50 pounds," he said.

Thursday, the Fannin County Sheriff's Office, Bonham Police, DPS and game wardens seized about $160,000 worth of marijuana, enough to fill up this trailer.

They seized it from a greenhouse just north of Ivanhoe on County Road 2025.

"We were just able to develop some information that our narcotics officer had been working on, and it proved to be true," Sheriff Foster said.

Deputies arrested 52-year-old Ricky Joe Shugart of Ivanhoe.

They say Shugart's marijuana grew so large they had to use chainsaws to cut it down. Investigators say they even found a few high quality plants, which isn't normally what they see in the area.

Authorities believe the marijuana was going to be sold locally. They're happy they found it before it hit their streets.

"A lot of people, their lives are ruined by it. A lot of people, maybe not. But, if there's one person whose life's ruined by it then we don't need it," Foster said.

Sheriff Foster says they focus on keeping these growing operations out of their county with helicopter flyovers, and joint investigations with other law enforcement agencies.

Shugart is being held in the Fannin County jail. He's being charged with possesion of marijuana over 50 pounds, but under 2,000 pounds, which is a second degree felony.


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