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ERATH COUNTY (July 17, 2015) — Members of a special task force were out in Erath County today and their presence had residents wondering what was going on.
Early Friday morning, agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division, the Texas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas Army National Guard, investigators with the Mineral Wells PD and Palo Pinto SO worked with Erath County Sheriff’s Department investigators to seized approximately 10,000 marijuana plants being cultivated on the south end of Erath County, according to a release from the Erath County Sheriff’s Office.
Before dawn, residents reported seeing units along US Highway 6, between Hico and Dublin, including helicopters. And at one point, the highway was closed as investigators removed evidence from the area.
According to Chief Deputy Jason Upshaw with the Erath County SO, the seizure was a result of the Domestic Marijuana Eradication program. It shows the gray working relations and corporation that law enforcement in this area possess, Upshaw said.
The estimated street value of the marijuana is approximately $60,690,000. And while Upshaw said he understands residents have questions, he cannot release any more information at this time.
“This is an ongoing investigation by multiple agencies, most importantly, the DEA,” he said late Friday afternoon. “At this point, I can say there were no arrests made and everything we’ve collected here has been given over to those DEA agents for further investigation.”