Multimillion-dollar marijuana fields hide in the thick Texas backwoods, acres of pot plants woven through forests of pine and oak trees, all but invisible from the air, reports the Houston Chronicle. Mexican drug-trafficking organizations are believed to be responsible for the secret farms springing up across Texas. In Polk County, more than 30,300 mature plants, most of them five to eight feet tall, were spread over hundreds of acres.
It is believed to be the largest pot farm ever found in Texas. No one has been arrested. The Drug Enforcement Administration says 106,286 cultivated outdoor marijuana plants were discovered in Texas last year. That puts Texas among the top states for pot farms, but far behind the nation’s top spot, California. Pot covertly grown on Texas soil by Mexican organizations avoid the risks of trying to sneak past U.S.-Mexico border guards as well as law enforcement on roads leading to the U.S. interior. “They are here, and the reason is very simple: They are not taking a chance with getting it seized at the checkpoints,” said the DEA’s Javier Pena.