Texas police were unfazed when they encountered an armed scarecrow presumably being used to scare off would-be poachers on what is now being seen as a historic marijuana bust in Navarro Texas.
The Navarro County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip and while executing a search warrant in a “heavily wooded area” near Richland they encountered an armed scarecrow in a hammock on a massive marijuana farm.
Through the investigation, officials discovered approximately 10,000 marijuana plants, some as high as 6 feet tall, in a marijuana field spanning nearly 5 acres, police reported, Fox News reports.
The complex operation also had water pumps and portable generators at the site, according to officials.
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Police located the marijuana field using drone surveillance after receiving an anonymous tip of suspicious activity 250 yards west of the Texas Department of Transportation Navarro County Safe Rest Area on South I-45, officers said on a Facebook post.
Authorities say the site was so hidden that a bulldozer was required to gain access and bring in their equipment.
Some of the marijuana was already being harvested and processed at the time of the search, police say.
This bust comes after the NCSO’s bust in June, where authorities seized more than 17,000 marijuana plants in southern Navarro County.
According to CW39 Houston, officers are calling it the second largest domestic marijuana growth bust this summer. Investigators seized an estimated 17,500 marijuana plants from a field in southern Navarro County on June 12.
“We will continue to seek these illegal domestic marijuana grows in our county and remain diligent in eradicating this type of criminal activity in our county,” Tanner said. “I am very proud of our officers’ efforts and dedication to duty in braving extreme heat to ensure that this marijuana crop does not ever hit our streets,” CW39 Houston reported.