updated 5:39 PM UTC, Jun 5, 2020

Marijuana find would net $2.8 Million on street

Marijuana find in Tyler Countyby Emily Waldrep

Tyler County deputies received word on September 25 of multiple marijuana fields located east of Woodville off Farm-to-Market Road 1746. Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department along with Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Criminal Investigation Division and agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were able to locate and seize approximately 3,500 marijuana plants. Some of the plants were reported to be as tall as 6 feet.

There were Campsites at the location and, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, it appeared that as many as eight to 10 suspects were living in the woods for several months at a time. Evidence from the campsite was processed by the Criminal Investigators Division and sent to the lab for DNA and fingerprint analysis.

According to Weatherford, U.S. Immigration and Customs agents have several persons of interest in Tyler County wanted for questioning in reference to this marijuana find, as well as the find of over 2,000 marijuana plants earlier this month on the west side of Tyler County.

"As Tyler County Sheriff I will continue the fight against marijuana and all illegal drugs each and every day," Weatherford said. "Local and state agencies have been hard at work since the first of the year and with the federal agencies now involved in Tyler County, our resources and man power are greatly enhanced."

The street value of the marijuana found totals approximately $2.8 million.

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