SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - After first denying reports of law enforcement finding marijuana fields in Sabine County, Sheriff Tom Maddox said they have found thousands of plants in a field in the northern part of the county Thursday morning.
Maddox said multiple agencies, including Lufkin police, Angelina County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Sheriff's Office, DPS, National Guard and the Drug Enforcement Agency were in the county on marijuana eradication training exercises when they found the fields.
"Sometimes we do flyovers and training and we don't find anything and today we got lucky," Chief Deputy George Griffith said. "It's one of the largest finds we have found in the last several years."
Maddox said there are between 5,000 to 10,000 plants in 10 different fields, which are within about a half-mile in proximity to each other. There were 10 fields found in the discovery. The fields were located near State Highway 21 and FM 3448.
Deputies said plants are becoming a common threat in East Texas due to the wooded areas.
"We have a lot of national forest and a lot of wooded timber area," Griffith said. "Most people aren't in and out of those woods very often. it is easy for people to get in there and out of sight where nobody can see them."
Authorities also found a riffle and three cell phones as well as marijuana in baggies. No suspects have been named at this time.
"They come in and out," Griffith said. "They are not always there all the time. Sometimes we pull in and there is no one there."