Acres of pot plants discovered on Cooke County farm

By: Heather Sahr Email
By: Heather Sahr Email

COOKE CO., TX--One local farmer begins his daily chores, only to discover a multi-million dollar drug operation on his own property.

In Cooke County, deputies worked with the farmer to destroy more than $6 million in marijuana.

It's the largest drug bust, officials in Cooke County have ever seen.

Acres of 2-foot marijuana plants, hidden among shrubs and grass.

Authorities say, the time and effort put into the operation is not something that could have been done by amateurs.

It's been a dry couple weeks for area farmers but that didn't stop the growers of a 2.5 acre marijuana operation; they used alternative methods to water their crops.

"Tubing actually ran from one of his stock tanks, over to his pasture, and it was gravity fed, and had different spouts throughout the field where it would water," Chief Deputy, Jim Carter, said.

Not far from Lake Ray Roberts sits a private acreage in Southeastern Cooke County.

As the owner tended the land Monday morning, he discovered an irrigation system just inches below the surface, that wasn't his.

He followed the tubing to a section of his land that had been cleared for a marijuana farm.

"They had built a perimeter around the patch, with the brush and stuff they cleared, which was probably about for feet tall, all the way around," Carter, said.

The owner immediately called the sheriff's office, but deputies were unable to locate any of the illegal growers.

For seven hours, they pulled 3,280 plants from the ground.

"This was so sophisticated, it was actually planted in rows, like you plant a crop. It actually made it a lot easier for us," Carter, said.

With help from the land owner, deputies then burned the plants and buried what was left.

Deputies estimate the plants would have been mature and ready for sale by July and could have sold for about $6.3 million.

While they haven't seen anything of this magnitude in Cooke County before, they say farms like this are becoming increasingly popular.

"Probably ten years or more we really haven't seen outdoor growth, but now they're starting to come back," according to Carter.

Deputies found a make-shift campsite where the growers appeared to be staying on the property.

If they're discovered, they could face second degree felonies.


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  • by dianad Location: madill on Jun 23, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    millions? really, every election year..please..i'm glad they are on the job, but they inflate prices just like the dealers..how many were male? the only ones you can smoke? how many would have made it to 8 feet? how many would have been stolen, eaten by predators...you never get the real facts on drugs..ever.i saw a picture on a new york harbor the military was burning down a ship from china carrying hash and opium...it was 1902...really wanna talk progress or just another way to take your money..whether you use or not..the money is up in smoke...and someone's pocket..
  • by Squirell Master Location: By the Hookah on Jun 11, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    America was founded upon rebellion. You can't keep us opressed Mr. DEA. Crooked lying scumbags. What about YOUR own govt. smuggling in herion, in the bodybags of soldiers, that were murdered (by their own govt.) in a war that didn't need to happen. If you want to hate something, hate the people that are pulling the strings on the puppets we call politicians. It's starts with destroying the Federal Reserve Bank. Research it instead of wasting your time hating on the last of the Freedom Fighters. Blaze on and peace out....
  • by Mellow Location: Yellow on Jun 10, 2010 at 06:37 PM
    The government is probably using some of the money to fund Blackwater mercenaries. There's a reason why they do not want us all growing our own and it begins and ends with revenue.
  • by top smoker on Jun 10, 2010 at 09:44 AM
    Never fear fellow smokers... We have 10,000 pound shipments from south Texas coming your way everyday. ;)
  • by Biffco Location: Sherman on Jun 10, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    Shame shame shame on the cops and that meddling farmer for destroying all that wonderful medicine. Now, some stressed or ill persons quality of life is going to suffer because of the narrow minded busybodieness of others. And to what end? And if a few people wanted to get high from it, so what? Somebody please explain to me why it's so bad to want to get high or otherwise enhanced? Anon, not everyone can afford or likes a houseboat, although pot does help me control my seasickness, though. Sounds like you're just bragging about your possessions. I'm not impressed. Also, if you or any of your guests have ever consumed a beer or other alcoholic beverage on your boat, then you ARE doing drugs on your boat and need to get down off your high horse. Alcohol is much more dangerous (and impairing) drug one than pot, btw. I'd much rather share the lake (and road) with a pot smoker than a drinker. The drinkers are far more likely to kill me. God Bless and keep all of you!! Peace!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2010 at 03:47 PM
    to:to anon on June 7-I believe it is clear in my comment that I am one of the sober ones. Maybe you should reread it. Have fun with those underage girls though. No rules out there on the boat when no one else is around, huh?....
  • by to anon on June 7 on Jun 9, 2010 at 11:25 AM
    Maybe you need to come spend a few nights on my house boat and see how much fun a person can have without having to escape their boring reality by doing drugs. The woman and music are abundant but no drugs in sight. Of course since you have no life you need the drugs so that you can escape your pathetic reality and have some clue of what my life is like. Sure glad I don't have to have drug-induced fantasies to get through life.
  • by Jimbo Location: Antlers on Jun 8, 2010 at 07:01 PM
    Man I hope they don't start looking around Antlers...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    Bunch of no good potheads! Always trying to get together in circles and share their smokey smoke and laughing and dancing and playing music all night around the campfire. Dang I just can't stand those losers! Especially cuz their always making new friends in the world and smiling and enjoying life and living free. Why can't they just live like me? I sit as home and do nothing except watch t.v. and dress conservatively and comb my short hair and never touch my wife (ewwwww!!) and i'm always uptight and tense and hate everything and only like the most boring generic and safe commercialized garbage music. why are these criminals having so much fun fornicating and i have to be so miserable? maybe i should try lighting up and then getting rid of all my stress and b.s. worrying...
  • by Hey Zyklon :) Location: "Wildwood Weed" on Jun 6, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    "One day this feller from Washington come by And spied one and turned white as a sheet And they dug and they burned And they burned and they dug and they killed All our cute little weeds and then they drove away We just smiled and waved sittin' ther on that sack o' seeds"
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