Trailer after trailer was literally filled with marijuana plants to be eradicated.
Marijuana Grow Being Called One of Biggest in Texas History, OLLIE, August 9, 2012 - A seven week investigation culminated in a massive operation of manpower from local, state, and federal law enforcement to begin the eradication of thousands of marijuana plants that evidence suggests was being cultivated for profit. According to Polk County Sheriff, Ken Hammack, the grow was located on an 800 acre tract of land and had several fields along Sandy Creek that contained approximately 30,000 marijuana plants. Police were dispatched to the different fields which were very remote, the men would pull up the plants by the roots and, in some cases, helicopters would be used to transport the enormous loads of pot. The DEA, State Troopers, Texas Rangers, narcotics investigators, detectives, constables, and other police were used to harvest a massive amount of large plants, many as tall as 8 ft. According to Sheriff Hammack, they have spoken to the owners of the property, but are withholding the property owners' name(s). Hammack also pointed out that no arrests have been made at this time. When asked if he anticipated any arrests soon, he stated "It's hard to say". Hammack also pointed out that they needed to move in and eradicate the plants to keep them from getting to the public. The large operation was discovered about seven weeks ago and has been monitored by police and included the use of cameras.