Fannin Co. Sheriff's Office asks for public's help to crack down on marijuana

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

BONHAM, TX-The Fannin County Sheriff's Office is using social media to track down illegal drugs in the county and they're asking you to keep an eye out for marijuana because it could be growing in your backyard without you even knowing it.
Fannin County Chief Deputy, James Woods said marijuana is a concern especially at this time of the year because harvest season for growers start August and September. Wednesday morning, he said a resident reported seeing the plant growing in his backyard, which can produce over a pound of marijuana.

"It's a nationwide problem. We have our share of it, the same as any other county does," he said.

He said Wednesday, deputies took several 6-foot plants from of a Fannin county farm after the landowner said he found something suspicious growing on his property.

"This time of year, between August and September is general harvest time for marijuana growers. So officers responded to the location to check out what he had and as you can see behind me, they did recover some plants," said Woods.

That's why they are asking for the public's help reporting marijuana if it's found on their property.

"Nobody knows their land better than they do. And being able to advice landowners with this type of activity is going on in the backside of their property allows them to open their eyes more and see what's going on back there," he said.

That concerns Fannin county residents.

"I grew up in a 100 acre ranch and my grandma and grandpa will always walk the acres to see if there's anything weird, if its fence's down or somebody's been back there and dumping stuff. Just keep an eye on your acreage I guess," said Randy Pendergrass.

"I hope I don't. I work at my yard a lot and I look around a lot so I guess I hope I don't see it," said Sandy Barber.

But resident, Casey Cross said it could be hard for landowners like him to even recognize marijuana on their property.

"Most people don't know what it looks like probably so I mean even if they do see a plant. They're not gonna turn it in because they don't know what it is," said Cross.

"A lot of folks will go in, walk the creeks and ride the creeks, things of that nature and they'll sneak up on the backside of people's property and grow these plants. With that, most homeowners, most landowners never see it," said Woods.

Woods says marijuana has a set of five leaves, deep green in color and velvety to the touch.

Woods said if you find marijuana growing in your property, don't try to get rid of it yourself.

Contact the Fannin County Sheriff's Office (903)583-2143.


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  • by bill Location: fannin on Jul 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM
    I dont think weed should judt me leagal for everyone to use but for medical reasons I am for it 100%. I have cancer and I smoke everyday and it help me in ways that pills and pain killers dont. have u ever been addicted to morphine?? I have not a good time at all. I almost died from it. but weed is natural..come one people most of u have tried it atleast once in ur life and u know its not bad. It doesnt make u wanna go kill people or beat ur wife. it doesnt make you crazy and we all know that. It mellows u out makes u lazy and hungery. But hey I could be wrong,, maybe we should all go get drunk and do some driving or beat our women in a drunkin rage.. alcohol is a 100 times worse than pot will ever be. people killed from alcohol in america every year 61,234,,poeple from pot 0,,women being beaten half to death from alcohol in america 4,764 that are reported,,pot 0,,,chances of a alcoholic diein from not drinking 66.2%,,pot user 0,,,think about it educate urself on the truth people.
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      by Cheech on Jul 29, 2012 at 09:11 AM in reply to bill
      Good point bill. Remember, prohibition era lasted over a decade I believe but that was a different time and in the end alcohol became legal. It's just too sad that so much ignorance and miss information exist in regard to pot. Personally, I think alcohol should be banned and pot should be legal. Pot will be legal some day it's just a matter of when.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 at 03:09 PM in reply to Cheech
        Don't think there is so much ignorance and misinformation about pot. Alcohol is a horrible drug when misused as is pot. It is the recreational use of both that causes problems. They should both be banned and one should not be used to justify the other. There is no regulateing irresponsibility.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 at 03:12 PM in reply to bill
      Guess there's not a stat for unwanted/unneeded babies born from the mellowed out pot heads.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM
    Do they pick the goofiest cops to interview on purpose? This had us ROFL! It looks like he has chewing tobacco,lol! I like the part about Dont detroy it yourself! call the police so they can make a news story out of it. I bet real criminals love to see cops wasting time on this.
  • by To Jobe on Jul 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
    Not at all...however, those are facts. Get to know him and you'll find out that he's a very honest and very sincere person.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 at 07:54 AM
    Why is it so important to pot smokers that everyone know they're smoking pot? What's so hard about smoking in the privacy of your own home? If you're not selling it or doing stupid stuff to others while under the influence, nobody cares! Grow up and be glad the law is protecting you from me. I say that if the quality and value of your existance is dependant on smoking pot, you have some serious issues that need to be delt with without spending my tax dollars!
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      by Logic on Jul 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM in reply to
      So all that is against a pot smoker and you is the law? Is that some kind of veiled threat? Would you go beat down a pot smoker if you could? I mean, that's what you're implying right? How about alcoholics? Is the law protecting them from you also? Typical conservative reaction: violence. Beat it until you fix it. Actually, thats more fascist than conservative. Instead of making them wear a yellow star of David, maybe a green one, eh? And if you are worried about your tax dollars, support decriminalization of marijuana. Let your money go towards more violent crimes and drugs that kill. Pot? George Washington smoked pot! Steve Jobs smoked pot, among other things, and created Apple, the most profitable company in the world! Pot smokers are you and me. They all aren't Jeff Spicoli burnouts laying around the house all day unproductive...in fact, Bill Gates smoked pot and I bet you are using his Windows right now!
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        by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM in reply to Logic
        Someone got served a plate of knowledge!Legalizing pot would crete millions of dollars in tax revenue and could cut your taxes down. That money could in turn be used to fight crime from dangerous drugs.Im not saying drugs are good, but pot is the least likely to make someone commit violence.
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          by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 at 05:17 AM in reply to
          Got to be a little concerned when someone will promote the use of a drug to create more tax revenue. We really need to be seeking ways to eliminate taxes. History indicates that taxes don't go away. Once they are in place they tend to grow! Pretty shallow thinking to use pot to grow the tax base.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 at 07:57 PM in reply to Logic
        There really is nothing between me and a pot smoker that causes harm to me or my family. Nothing veiled. Same with alcoholics. I'm also a DADT guy. I just don't understand why people want everyone else to know what their doing. What others, like me, don't know won't hurt them. Outta site, outta mind. Keep your activities out of the public eye and nobody cares! It's not only important to you that you smoke pot, it's important to you to tell me that you and many other very important people are smoking pot. Turns out I really don't care. Just don't cross me or mine and let me know you are under the influence! Nothing veiled. Maybe the law will keep you inside with your pot.
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        by ? on Jul 28, 2012 at 09:33 AM in reply to Logic
        SteveJobs is dead. THE WEED KILLED HIM
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          by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 at 09:01 AM in reply to ?
          Not true weed had nothing to do with it
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      by Biffco on Jul 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM in reply to
      How are people supposed to get it if no one is allowed to sell it? Or grow it? Or package and ship it. A whole illegal infrastructure has to exist for your "privacy of your own home" scenario to be possible. The whole underground system, from seed to smoke, has to be legalized before there will ever be peace. As long as it is not, there will be an ever-growing contingent calling for laws that make sense when it comes to how we deal with this wonderful plants existence. We currently live in a country with not only the highest incarceration rate in the world, but in the history of humankind as well. No one has locked up as many people as the good old USA. And it's still happening, as evidenced by this article. That's why it's so important you know. That's why.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 at 05:28 AM in reply to Biffco
        This whole story is about marijuana growing wild and being a natural substance. You apparently don't want to work to get your drug of choice. You prefer someone else do the work, deliver it to you, and tax it! I really wish there was some place you could go to live large with all the pot you could ever hope to smoke. But I don't want it to be here and will probably vote against the possibility.
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          by Biffco on Jul 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM in reply to
          Most of the wild stuff isn't medical grade, and is useless for such. It's industrial hemp left over from the governments push to cultivate it during WWII to make rope and fabric for the war effort. The plants this article are talking about are cultivated plants on private property. Somebody went out in the dead of night and planted cuttings during a full moon. The first step on that long road to "using it in the privacy of your own home." The thing is, the government doesn't differentiate between the two and some times (most times), these "major busts you hear touted by law enforcement amount to nothing more than a very expensive landscaping job. And we're not going anywhere. A Patriot stays and effects change from within to make his country a better place. Moving's not an option. And to suggest it as real solution is asinine.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 at 04:18 AM in reply to Biffco
        Guess I have been moving in the wrong circles. My exposure to pot smokers is not good. As things are it appears a pot head either faces jail or the ire of the violated. Seems there is a choice. Left several behind oversees. Will leave them behind here as well.
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          by Biffco on Jul 29, 2012 at 06:08 AM in reply to
          You should expand your horizons.
  • by Logic on Jul 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
    In Texas a FIRST-TIME offender, caught with less than 2 OZ...even a couple of grams...will be put on probation for 6 months, fined around 1,000 dollars, AND have their driver's license suspended for 180 days! The license part is the ridiculous part. That will cost some their jobs. And increase the food stamps the state pays out. If you get caught with pot and lose your job because of these laws, I say go for it...get all the welfare you can get! Maybe, just maybe, these Puritans will get the message if enough taxpayers complain about it.
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      by ? on Jul 28, 2012 at 09:44 AM in reply to Logic
      How about not giving welfare and gov. aid to peopleconvicted of a crime that has resulted in the revocation of their DL. How about lets use the welfare system for what it was designed for and that is to ASSIST not SUPPORT those out there that have came upon hard times and are STRUGGLING to make ends meet. Not those that are having difficulties brought on themselves by bad decisions and poor life choices. I dont think Roosevelt intended for the GOV. to refuse welfare to a single mother of 3 with a job and a car that just needs a little help to make ends meet, while any addict/loser/abuser with no car " as far as anyone knows" and a half dozen children ( cause kids equal MO MONEY) can get GOV aid no questions asked. Roosevelt may have gotten us out of the GREAT Depression with welfare, but the ridiculous state of the US welfare system would most likely depress Roosevelt now.
  • by Don on Jul 26, 2012 at 04:45 PM
    Police are known to hack into citizens facebook accounts to see what they are up to.. I'm sure Fannin county is tapping into several peoples fb as we speak. They have the means. Just letting all my fellow smokers know how it works.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM in reply to Don
      HEY Einstien it Cops dont have to HACK into your FB account to find out what kind of ignoorance you are posting on there. Its a PUBLIC Social Network which means. HOLD on this is the amazing part. Unless everyone you are friends with and everyone they are friends with and every one they are friends with (see the pattern here) has their profile set to private then the STUPIDITY that you post on FB will eventually become public Knowledge at some point. Basically an 8yr old with a PC or even an I Phone can HACK your account. I supposse you have seen the BLACK HELICOPTERS in WHISPER mode also.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 at 09:05 AM in reply to
        They have a black helicopter that runs in whisper mode?
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          by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2012 at 06:53 AM in reply to
          Thats what Ive heard. Its a little known fact that THEY use it to hack into our FB accounts.
  • by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 02:20 PM
    If only they'd put this much effort in cracking down on REAL CRIME. Lazy cops.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM in reply to anonymous
      IF you are in violation of a rea law wouldnt that by definition make it a real crime. I am sad to say that I am part of the IT'S SOMEBODY ELSES FAULT BUT MINE GENERATION. But I do believe that personal accountability has gone the way of Home Phone and the US Economy.
  • by Deezy on Jul 26, 2012 at 01:47 PM
    Cops don't make the laws, they just enforce them. Your overpaid politicians sitting on their a** are the ones you should be upset with if you don't like the drug laws. And no, the Sheriff in Fannin County doesn't drink or smoke, he's easily one of the most respectable people you'll ever meet.
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      by Jobe on Jul 27, 2012 at 08:40 AM in reply to Deezy
      So not drinking or smoking makes you a respectable person?
  • by Joey Location: Denison on Jul 26, 2012 at 12:59 PM
    It could be growing in your backyard without you even knowing it? History would suggest that law enforcement seldom accepts that excuse. Memo to world: Pot will always be here, it will always be used, and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. Nothing.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 at 07:57 AM in reply to Joey
      Granted. It remains a choice. As does violating the law and suffering the consequences. Choice, one of the great things about our country!
  • by Anonymous Location: DENISON on Jul 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM
    FOR THOSE WHO THINK 'POT' WHICH IN ITSELF IS AN "HERB" THEY NEED TO READ THEIR BIBLE FOR IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS 1:11-12 IT STATES "GOD SAID LET THE EARTH BRING FORTH THE HERB YIELDING SEED AND HE SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD"
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      by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 at 08:00 AM in reply to
      Pretty sure the same book says to abide within the laws of the land. Right?
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        by I believe on Jul 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM in reply to
        Is that the same book that says 2 of every species on earth was fit onto 1 wooden boat built sometime in "BC" and that was the only thing that survived on earth after a 40 day flood? Now that's easy to believe and don't you know the smell on that boat got pretty strong.
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