Officials warn hunters to take caution upon finding pot fields
POSTED: Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 4:48pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 6:31pm
Arp, Texas (KETK) — "In East Texas with the foliage, the pine trees, a lot of places they can hide these grows, and there's not a lot of traffic in these areas so they can kind of go undetected at times," said Game Warden Dustin Dockery.
In many cases, hunters are the ones that stumble across hidden marijuana fields.
Jean Dark of the Department of Public Safety, says the discoveries tend to start when hunters prepare their leases.
"Typically what we've seen in law enforcement is hunters will go out, preparing their leases, have stumbled across different marijuana fields."
But with illegal activity comes active danger. Many wouldn't know by looking, but these fields can have armed criminals and booby traps already set in place on the land.
"There can be a danger associated with it, as we now that illicit, illegal narcotics go along with other sorts of criminal activity," said Dark.
With deer hunting season approaching, more hunters will be out and exploring new territory for the first time. Law enforcement says if something in the woods does not look right, do not go any further.
"They need to resist the urge from going to look further because you never know if someone is going to be there that's armed, like I said it's a profitable substance for these guys. Sometimes they'll fight it out with people to keep from being found," said Dockery.
Dark says to call law enforcement immediately.
"If anyone is to come across a marijuana grow we would want them to notify law enforcement as soon as possible."