Nearly $50 Million Worth Of Marijuana Seized From Washington County Ranch

A raid on an estimated $50 million marijuana-growing operation is a record drug bust for Washington County.

It's the second bust this week in an area between Brenham and Navasota that has become a hot-spot for growing illegal weed.

Nearly 50,000 marijuana plants were being grown on a vacant ranch off Egypt Lane and the sheriff says it may be one of the biggest busts in the state.

News 3 discovered what investigators found.

Rows of month-old plants growing between Brenham and Navasota look like a typical farm from a law enforcement helicopter.

From the ground, it's major cash crop, 48,700 marijuana plants.

"When you are dealing with a seizure this size it could be going anywhere," said Sheriff Otto Hanak of Washington County.

Hanak says each plant could have sold for upwards of $1,500.

They executed a search warrant Friday morning after getting permission from the landowner, following an outside tip the day before.

"Rustic as it was, it was obvious someone was living there. At least one person maybe more. And there was equipment, fertilizer," Hanak said.

The drugs were discovered just a few miles behind a pasture and close to the Brazos River.

Investigators say they had to use a backhoe to get to the area Friday morning and the drugs were well hidden.

Travis Hunt noticed more than a dozen law enforcement vehicles across from his house unaware what they found. He's glad to see these drugs destroyed.

"I never had any idea something like that would be in this area. You know I moved away from the city from that kind of stuff and I didn't think anything like that would be out here. In that amount or volume," said Hunt, a Washington County Resident here.

"We're gonna continue doing what we're doing. We're gonna stop these illegal activites in this county," said Sheriff Hanak.

Earlier this week just a few miles away a similar growing operation worth $2.5 million was raided.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, DEA agents, and Texas Department of Public Safety believe the farms could be connected.

They have made contact with the landowner who is believed to be from Harris County. As of now he's not believed to have been involved.

So for no one has been arrested in either raid this week.

*6 P.M. Story*

Another major marijuana-growing operation has been raided in Washington County between Brenham and Navasota, this one with about 48,000 plants.

It's the second bust this week in an area that has become a hot-spot for growing illegal weed.

It's going to be a record seizure not only for Washington County but perhaps even the state.

We're taking 48,700 marijuana plants being seized on a ranch which is a couple miles behind a pasture near the Brazos River.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office executed the search warrant Friday morning after getting a tip Thursday.

Sheriff Otto Hanak says the drugs were well hidden and they had to use a backhoe to get to the site sprawling with marijuana plants.

"They went in and then discovered a field of marijuana. The marijuana plants were about a month old in the ground. Had recently been watered. There was evidence that someone was actually living on the site rustic as it was. It's obvious someone was living there. At least one person maybe more," said Sheriff Hanak.

Investigators are now searching for whoever was behind the operation.

And the they believe it could be related to another seizure we told you about Tuesday.

The sheriff's office had made contact with the landowner who is believed to live in Harris County.

As of now they don't believe he was involved .

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