SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An estimated 10,000 marijuana plants have been discovered in eastern Sabine County.
According to Sheriff Tom Maddox, the plants were discovered after his office received a tip on Monday. Maddox's office and other agencies went to the site off of Bayou Road and found the plants and a campsite.
Officers from multiple agencies split time harvesting the field and searching for a suspect throughout the day. The search was near Charles Weaver's business. Weaver said he was called that morning.
"Sheriff called me and told me what was going on and what to be on the look out for," Weaver said.
The discovery of 10,000 plants was not a surprise to the BBQ business owner.
"You've got to realize how many thousands of acres you got around here that they think they can sneak and hide but they eventually get caught," Weaver said.
Despite heavy showers, agencies worked through the afternoon to remove the plants.
"It was a hard walk off the road to get to the plants," Maddox said. "it is a muddy mess out here. I wasn't sure how we were going to harvest them but we got them."
Weaver kept one eye on his customers and the other on the wooded area by his shop.
"I've been going back and forth just to see if I see people going through the woods to give a warning out," Weaver said.
Maddox described the one suspect to the grow as a Hispanic male around 5'8''.
"We wanted the dogs right there with us when we went in but we could not get them there," Maddox said. "He had an hour head start on us so we had to make up a lot of ground."
Maddox said at one point they believed the man went into the city limits of Hemphill before retreating back into the forest area.
Anyone with any information on the subject is asked to call the Sabine County Sheriff's office at (409)-787-2266.