NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Texas is in the middle of the traditional marijuana growing season and East Texas lawmen are on the lookout.
Just Friday night a Nacogdoches County constable made a drug bust following the discovery of three acres of marijuana.
Hidden off of FM 3228 in Nacogdoches County, Pct. 4 Constable Jason Bridges found a secret garden of illegal plants.
"When we came in off the top of the hill, I could see it from the top of the hill. I didn't realize it was going to be as big as it was. A local landowner had contacted me and informed me that he'd found some marijuana growing, and I figured it was just going to be a few plants. When we came upon it, it was pretty big," said Heath Bragg, Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Constable deputies arrested 36 year old Primitizo Dijar for the possession of marijuana. A second suspect fled the scene when authorities arrived. "It's definitely a little bit unsettling that we're having that type of activity here at Nacogdoches County, Texas, and it seems to be a trend. This is the second one in the last two years that we've had. And, as you can see, this is a pretty good set up," Bridges said.
An adjacent landowner reported suspicious activity to the authorities. Nacogdoches constable deputies, assisted by the Sheriff's Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife, responded to the scene.
Along with the odor of marijuana, authorities discovered 4 to 8 foot tall plants and a camp, where the two suspects appeared to have been living.
Authorities stayed overnight to search for the missing suspect. "You're going to get caught, and you know, sooner or later, you're going to get caught. I don't care how remote the locations are. Sooner or later, you're going to get caught," said Bridges.
A Department of Public Safety helicopter was used to help locate the missing man. Crews of 40-50 people were at the scene Saturday morning. They cleaned the campsite and took evidence for processing. Constable Bridges said they filled a dump truck with all the marijuana plants. As for the second suspect, he is still on the loose.
Dijar is charged with manufacturing of marijuana.
Kerss said anyone who sees or comes in contact with the second suspect should call 911 or contact the sheriff's office at 936-560-7793.
April through November is traditionally the growing season for marijuana in Texas.