Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division (CID) agents this morning seized approximately 700 marijuana plants from an outdoor location off Farm-to-Market Road 2016 near County Road 427.
Agents received an anonymous tip describing a possible grow site earlier this week. Investigators used DPS aircraft to pinpoint the exact location of the outdoor grow, and then conducted a joint eradication operation with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler Police Department, US Attorney’s Eastern District, ICE/HIS, Smith County District Attorney’s Office and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. No arrests have been made at this time; however, the investigation is ongoing, according to a DPS news release.
Individuals with information about possible marijuana cultivation – indoor or outdoor – are encouraged report such activities to law enforcement officials.