Some Washington County Residents Not Surprised By $50 Million Pot Bust

Two major marijuana busts last week in Washington County.

Investigators discovered two pot growing operations, one valued at $50 million.

This marks the third pot farm bust since July.

So what makes that area between Brenham and Navasota such a hot spot for growing marijuana?

News 3 spoke with Washington County's Sheriff about that and the latest in the investigation.

It was a record find Friday morning in Washington County after some 48,700 marijuana plants were seized at a vacant ranch between Brenham and Navasota.

Investigators say the month-old plants were being tended to by someone who'd been staying at the site near the Brazos River.

Some longtime residents aren't surprised.

"There's lots of drugs going on right here in Old Washington," said a Washington County resident who asked we only use his first name, Milton.

"Probably, because time's got so hard lots of people dealing with drugs, especially all the young people and that's what it is most of the young people in this area," said Milton.

Sheriff Otto Hanak has been in office since January and says they are working to make arrests on all the seizures.

Since July three separate marijuana growing operations have been busted with the first along Highway105.

Then February 24th $2.5 million worth of weed was seized at a vacant ranch on F-M 1155.

Lastly was the $50 million dollar pot bust Friday morning on Egypt Lane.

"First of all it's a remote part of the county and secondly it's a very fertile part of the county. Sandy soil that will grow just about anything," explained Sheriff Otto Hanak.

"It's just been going on for recent years, maybe 20, 25 years, but when I was a kid no drugs around here, none," said Milton.

Investigators say they will continue to search the property to see if there are any other drugs being grown and believe there could be a connection to last Sunday's seizure.

Investigators right now don't think the owner of the land in Friday's raid was involved. He doesn't live in the county.

The Drug Enforcement Administration took the 48,700 pot plants to Houston as evidence.


Washington County Sheriff Otto Hanak reports that as a result of an ongoing criminal investigation, in addition to a tip received from a concerned citizen, probable cause was developed to obtain a search warrant for property on Egypt Lane off FM 2726.
At 10:20 am Friday March 1, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, along with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Texas Department of Public Safety Aircraft Service, entered the property and executed the search warrant.
Four marijuana fields were located and approximately 48,700 plants were discovered, seized and secured as evidence. The criminal investigation will be continued by the Washington County Criminal Investigation Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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