POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - For the third time since July 29, authorities have harvested a marijuana field in Polk County.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Warden David Johnson said the field was found off of State Highway 287 in the Carmona area.
Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said the operation started on Sept.1.
"Yesterday, the DEA was flying an operation and located a marijuana grow, west of Corrigan on [Highway] 287," Hammack said.
Captain Rickie Childers with the Polk County Sheriff's Office said that they found six marijuana fields that contained 9,067 plants. Childers said they believe there were probably at least four people working the six fields. He also said that Polk County authorities believe that these newest fields are connected to the other marijuana fields that have been found in Polk County.
"They were ready to harvest," Childers said. "If we had waited another day, they would have been gone.
Hammack said the Drug Enforcement Agency sent a helicopter over the area and spotted the plants on Monday.
This latest find comes after more than 100,000 plants were harvested in the Goodrich area on July 29 and 6,500 more near FM 943 on Aug. 6. Hammack said his office is working as fast and as hard as they can to eliminate the drug trade in Polk County.
"We take a very proactive role in locating, eradicating or take care of the plant," Hammack said.
Hammack said that DPS, DEA, Polk County CID, Polk County constables for precinct 2 and 4, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Angelina County Sheriff's Office, US Forest Service, and Americare Emergency Response all helped with the operation.