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ECSO informant: Deputies pot story doesnt fly

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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE An informant who tipped off an Ellis County Sheriffs Office deputy on one of the largest pot plant farms last month said Sheriff Johnny Brown’s story for the media doesn’t fly.

The informant, who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation, said he noticed strange "crops" growing on property he owns east of Interstate Highway 45, where an estimated $8 million in pot plants were confiscated.

ECSO officials, before a local daily newspaper and several Dallas TV cameras and reporters, carried the plot that a plane piloted by deputies originally made the find.

The informant disputed that account.

A hunter who leases the informants land then notified ECSO deputy Bob Polley, who then notified his superior officers in Waxahachie.

"The [hunter] is a neighbor of Polley’s, so that’s how the sheriff’s department originally became aware," the informant said, who believes the pot plants belonged to a gang.

"There were a couple of county commissioners who weren’t too pleased with this story coming out right before a budget hearing that ECSO deputies sought to implement the airplane program."

Sheriff Brown and his deputies and other top administration officials have refused to comment on the informants account, but county officials noted at a recent meeting "you don’t hear much about the airplane in public anymore."

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