Texan Discovers $2M Pot Farm on His Land
Someone was secretly growing 5,500 marijuana plants
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2014 8:31 AM CDT
   (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)

(Newser) – A Texas rancher noticing suspicious activity on a remote section of his property has discovered that he was housing more than just squatters. After calling the local sheriff for help on Tuesday, the two hiked three-quarters of a mile through dense woods to get to an area inaccessible by vehicle, where they found not only a couple of guys fleeing a campsite but some 5,500 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, including seedlings and mature plants. Law enforcement puts the street value of the crop at $2 million, reports Texas Police News.

In a juicy plot twist, the rancher, who did not specify what sort of suspicious activity initially caught his eye, was leasing the Chambers County land from the Army Corps of Engineers, reports the Houston Chronicle. The investigation, which includes a special crime unit and air wing unit, has not yet unearthed any personal items to help them identify the men who took off. They found food, toiletries, and clothes at the campsite, but no weapons or booby traps. (Probably wise, since pot booby traps have claimed the lives of those who set them, too.)

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Immortal Illumined
Jul 4, 2014 10:18 AM CDT
could be 2 million in Texas revenue to be taxed....but we will take it instead in cali, thanks
Immortal Illumined
Jul 4, 2014 10:15 AM CDT
the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13 ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana, changed the world....hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women's rights...you don't deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL... 1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed... "any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420 from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new 20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride… Deaths by Alcohol: Millions Deaths by Tobacco: Millions? Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade ?Deaths by Guns: Millions ?Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions ?Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom love and freedom forever AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33
Immortal Illumined
Jul 4, 2014 10:15 AM CDT
California, Washington and Colorado thank you for keeping prices high and the$$$ rolling WEST...filling any order at anytime, thanks a trillion (dollar$)