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Field of marijuana found near Shepherd
SHEPHERD – The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department was on location of a large marijuana field off FM 222 where more than 1,000 plants were found near a campsite last Tuesday evening. “It appears the growers have been living onsite. There was evidence at the scene showing they had set up residence at the campsite,” San Jacinto County Sheriff James Walters said. Although the plants, located deep in the woods off FM 222, are considered to be a lowgrade variety they still have an estimated street value of about $337,000, according to Walters. “This is the third large marijuana field discovered in San Jacinto County in a month,” Walters said. One field was found near the field on FM 222; the other was found near FM3181 at FM 1725, close to New Waverly, according to the sheriff. “The combined estimated street value of the three fields amounts to about $1.1 million,” Walters said. “These are major operations and all related to the drug cartels,” Walters added. The operations include irrigation systems to keep the plants supplied with water and nutrients needed. Growers start by clear-cutting swathes of ground, digging holes for water retention and pumping water from nearby springs or creeks. “The field on FM 222 was discovered by a man working in the area outside of Shepherd. Almost every time deputies go into the campsites ammunition is found indicating growers are armed,” Walters said. Walters said his department worked with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division in Conroe to destroy the marijuana field Wednesday. The plants were transported to a DPS facility in Conroe to be destroyed, he said. Sheriff’s department receives seizure funds from another multi-million dollar bust Walters said he has received the first of many checks to come from the Montgomery County Task Force involved in the seizure of several homes, vehicles and cash during recent operations in Montgomery County. “The task force made up of DEA, FBI, Harris County, Montgomery County and members of the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department arrested and charged numerous suspects involved in a multi-million dollar cocaine and money laundering operation between the U.S./Mexico, including a large cash seizure of about a quarter million dollars,” Walters said. “The operation, which started back in January of this year, from a San Jacinto County tip, is suspected to be part of the dangerous drug Cartel currently fighting for control in Mexico,” Walters said. “The first check received by the sheriff’s department for their part in the operation was for $6,764.65. Other checks will be allotted to the department as the court cases are settled,” Walters said. “These funds will be placed into the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Seizure Fund which is used to purchase much needed equipment for the department,” Walters said.