More than 1,300 marijuana plants found in Garvin County


1,365 marijuana plants. That's what investigators with the Garvin county sheriff's office and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics found in a wooded area near Pauls Valley around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff Larry Rhodes explains how two fisherman helped kick off this investigation.

"Both reported they had seen what they though was a marijuana cultivation operation along wild horse creek," said Rhodes.

Rhodes said three, one-to-two acre plots made up the growing area.

Monday afternoon he and a deputy flew over the area and sent another deputy on foot to confirm the plants were marijuana.

Then they called OBN and the two agencies had all the plants destroyed by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

"Cutting down the plants and disposing them by burning them at that location," said Rhodes.

But that's not all they found.

"We found tents, we found where a person or person had been camping there and apparently living there for some time," Rhodes said.

Mark Woodward with OBN said whoever set up those camps was there to monitor the grow operation and could be dangerous.

"Hispanic males are often dumped in these patches and living in a campsite there in a patch and typically growing for the drug cartels," said Woodward.

Woodward said they have not identified the men they believe set up the camps, but are actively searching for them.

If you have any information on this case you can call the Garvin county sheriff's office or OBN.


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