KHOU: Fort Bend Sheriff finds Marijuana field near Sugar Land Airport
A large field of marijuana was discovered in Fort Bend County on Tuesday, according to our news partner, KHOU Channel 11.
A tip to undercover officers led them to the field that spreads across several acres off Highway 6 near the Sugar Land Regional Airport.
“Helicopters have been flying over since 9 this morning” said Roxie Foremoore, who lives nearby.
Investigators believe they found over a million dollars worth of plants. Some were as tall as 14 feet high.
“It makes me think about where we live differently” said Ashley Wallace, also a neighbor.
Officers had to use ATVs and boats to reach the remote area. Two men were seen running away from the area when officers arrived. One of them shot at the officers with a pellet gun.
HPD and DPS joined FBCSO deputies in the search. They also used tracking dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and helicopters.
Evidence shows the two suspects camped out there for months. They left everything behind, including a radio still playing music, toiletries, soap, food, clothes and all of their person belongings.
They showered, cooked in their makeshift kitchen under a tarp. They washed their clothes by hand and air dried them. People living in the subdivisions nearby were stunned. ”That does scare me. It’s Sugar Land, supposed to be safe.” said Foremoore. Investigators say the suspects used an inflatable boat to go back and forth to the store. They used the Red Gully as their main source of water for everything.
“They pump the water through pipes and hoses to hydrate the plants,” said FBC Sheriff Troy Nehls. ”It’s pretty scary. I guess you never know what’s lurking in the woods.” said one resident who didn’t want to be identified.
At last check, officers were still looking for the suspects. A caller said they spotted two half-naked men running in the area of Old Richmond Road.
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