HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A joint effort by numerous law enforcement agencies resulted in the discovery of a small marijuana-grow operation in the Davy Crockett National Forest Tuesday.
About 3,700 marijuana plants were uprooted and taken to a safe area, where they were burned.
According to a press release, the Houston County Sheriff's Office received a tip about a marijuana grow hidden in the Davy Crockett National Forest. The joint operation included Houston County Sheriff's Office deputies, Texas Parks & Wildlife game wardens, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, U.S, Drug Enforcement Administration agents, and officers from the U.S. Forest Service's Law Enforcement Division, and Lufkin Police Department officers.
The teams were able to locate a small marijuana grow in the eastern part of Houston County. About 3,700 plants were burned after they were pulled out of the ground.
No suspects were present at the time of the operation, the press release stated.
However, law enforcement officers that took part in the operation collected evidence from the scene and are in the process of trying to identify the suspect or suspects.
Houston County Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt said in the press release that anyone who uses the Davy Crockett National Forest in any manner like hiking, hunting, or sight-seeing should be vigilant and "extremely cautious" because of the dangerous hazards created by these marijuana growers.
"They dig large holes in the ground for water systems and mixing of fertilizers," the press release stated. "They have no regard for the safety of others or wildlife. If anyone should find such a place in the woods that are similar to the photos shown, you are urged to leave the area immediately and contact your local authorities."