Navarro County Sheriff's Office bust second largest marijuana farm in Navarro County

The Navarro County Sheriff’s office busted a large domestic marijuana growing operation Monday, July 23 in a heavily wooded area west of the Texas Department of Transportation Navarro County Safety Rest Area on South I-45 near Richland.

The SWAT team, narcotics unit, and other departmental personnel found 10,000 marijuana plants in various stages of growth up to six feet tall making up five acres.

The field was located by the department’s drone after an anonymous tip was received of suspicious activity in the area. NCSO Narcotics Detectives obtained a search warrant and have been conducting surveillance operations for several days in an attempt to observe any suspects.

“This was a fairly sophisticated operation with campsites, portable generators, water pumps as well as placing a fully dressed figure lying in a hammock appearing to be armed, holding an assault-type rifle appearing to provide security for the location,” said Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner. “A portion of the marijuana was already beginning to be harvested and processed. This grow site was in such a remote area that a bulldozer had to be utilized to access the location so we could get equipment into the site.”

The NCSO previously located 17,500 marijuana plants June 12 in another large grow field.

“We will continue to seek these illegal domestic marijuana grows in our county and remain diligent in eradicating this type of criminal activity in our county,” Tanner said. “I am very proud of our officer’s efforts and dedication to duty in braving extreme heat to ensure that this marijuana crop does not ever hit our streets.”

— From Staff Reports

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