'Fairly sophisticated operation:' Cops find armed dummy at marijuana growing camp

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018

Navarro County police said they busted a sophisticated marijuana growing operation on Monday that included some 10,000 plants and an armed dummy for security.

The marijuana field was located near a rest area roughly 70 miles southwest of Dallas, the Navarro County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities received a tip about suspicious activity and searched the area with a drone.

"This was a fairly sophisticated operation with camp sites, portable generators, water pumps as well as placing a fully dressed figure lying in a hammock appearing to be armed, holding an assault type rifle appearing to provide security for the location," said Sheriff Elmer Tanner in a prepared statement.

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No arrests were announced by police.

The field of illegal plants was found roughly 250 yards from the public rest area and had to be accessed with a bulldozer to clear foliage for vehicles, police said.

Last month, the Navarro County Sheriff's Office busted another grow operation, also some 70 miles south of Dallas.