Texas Law Enforcement Officials Raid Six Marijuana Grow HousesPosted on March 24, 2010
Tecas Department of Public Safety Officials and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, along with other local authorities, simultaneously raided six indoor marijuana grow operations in Williamson and Travis counties this morning.
The one-year investigation by the DPS Criminal Investigations Division and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office focused on sophisticated indoor grow operations at five Travis County homes and one Williamson County residence. In all, more than 1,400 high-grade marijuana plants and more than 200 pounds of loose marijuana were seized worth between $6 and $7 million dollars. Two people were arrested and are being held in federal custody.
DPS Criminal Investigations, Highway Patrol, SWAT and Aviation personnel were joined by the SWAT teams from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Round Rock Police Department and the Austin Police Department in executing federal search warrants related to the alleged drug trafficking organization.
DPS is seeing an increase in elaborate indoor operations that produce marijuana with a stronger THC content and a street value up to 10 times greater than outdoor marijuana.