Federal officials say they have seized more than 9,000 pounds of marijuana plants growing in a South Texas field.
Discovered in the town of Raymondville, about 50 miles north of the Mexican border, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said "the local street value for the seized marijuana is estimated at $10 million."
The marijuana plants were discovered on August 7 and after two days of hand picking, agents reported a total seizure of 11,500 plants.
“It reminds you of Vietnam,” Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence told the Rio Grande Valley Morning Valley Star of the operation’s primitive sophistication.
- Lou Dubois
First published August 20 2014, 9:38 AM