ECSO: Flying 'high' over Ennis
ELLIS COUNTY - With help from an aerial helicopter, Ellis County Sheriff’s Office was able to uncover four marijuana fields on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 31 around the Ennis area.
With help from the Department of Public Safety, Ennis Police Department, Ellis County Precinct 2 Constables Office and the Texas National Guard, approximately 19,658 marijuana plants were pulled from the four fields.
The discovery, near the Navarro County line of Ensign Road, was part in effort due to the ECSO’s participation in the Domestic Marijuana Eradication program sponsored by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard.
The DME program helps to coordinate and support all law enforcement efforts in the state of Texas related to the eradication of domestically grown marijuana.
Operating in Texas since 1987, the DME program also provides training and equipment to Texas law enforcement officers to maximize their efforts related to domestic marijuana eradication.
Ellis County Commissioner Bill Dodson and his employees were called to the scene with heavy machinery to assist by clearing out numerous heavily wooded areas to allow law enforcement access to the marijuana plants from the ground according to a news release issued by the ECSO.
This has been the second discovery of marijuana growing in the area since May.
According to law enforcement, the plants uncovered last week had fully matured and were ready to harvest with an estimated street value of $9,829,000.
If the plants seized on Thursday, May 20 had reached maturity, their street value would have been approximately $13.6 million.