Liberty County Crime Suppression Unit had information of a large marijuana growing field in the northeast part of the county near CR 2058 and CR 2055. This morning deputies moved in with the assistance of DPS and ICE. When they arrived on the scene a camp was found deep inside the woods which had abandon within a very short time. As deputies began a systematic search of the area they discovered an irrigation pond that had been recently dug at approximately twenty feet deep and almost a football field in length. In addition pumps and hoses were found.
Once behind the pond, they started finding sections of the woods with full-grown marijuana plants, some over six feet in height, and many budding. Five separate fields were found. Each plant was supported by three small trees with twine so as to not let the plant fall as it grew.
Officials started cutting plants with machetes and by the time they finished there were almost 3,000 plants valued at $5 million-plus dollars. The property had been for sale however the transaction had not yet been finalized. Officials feel that since not many people had come out to the land it was the perfect set-up.
On an adjoining piece of land, they found several trailers and makeshift homes with drying operations for the plants and additional potted plants and another field.