POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A man getting his deer lease ready for hunting season discovered the property is being used as a marijuana farm near the Goodrich area Saturday night.
Polk County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Byron Lyons said there were about 47,000 marijuana plants on 18 fields. Authorities came to the scene around 6 a.m. and harvested all the plants on ten fields in a matter of just a few hours. However, around 11 a.m., they discovered eight more fields.
"Because of the fact that we have in between 10 and 16 new fields, that number is going to go up. We're not for sure exactly what the counts going to be, but at this point right now, we're still standing somewhere around 45,000 plants so far right now recovered," said Lyons.
Game Warden David Johnson said a man was found in the woods and has been placed under arrest. Authorities are looking for another man who is on the run. Sheriff Kenneth Hammock is advising drivers on U.S. 59 south of Livingston to keep their doors locked.
Several elaborate camps were found on the marijuana farm's including tents, food, clothing lines, and even well-made irrigation set ups. The elaborate set ups have become a big problem for East Texans, Lyons said, because most of the time, the farms are never found unless someone happens to come across them by foot or air.
"This is a moneymaking invention. I mean, we're talking about a large scale operation and these guys handle business and the guys we have here, our guys that come in, just like regular workers," Lyons said. "They're going to areas that is close to a creek area or close to a lake or a pond and they will get in the middle of a growth of trees, and help cut that out and then grow within."
About 70 to 80 police officers were out at the scene, and Lyons said they expect even more Tuesday.
"We're on a stand down at this point. We've evaluated and processed the scenes. We're still developing more information and trying to get more evidence recovered," Lyons said. "We have located several more marijuana fields so, we're going to be back out (Tuesday) trying to get those fields recovered and fields processed, as well."