CARL'S CORNER (February 26, 2014) Hill County sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized what they say is more than a half-million dollars’ worth of marijuana plants Wednesday in a raid on a rural home near Carl's Corner and arrested three men.
The three men were taken to the Hill County Jail.
Hill Co Chief Deputy Mark Wilson later identified the men as James Kershaw, Nicolas Gilmore and Victor Gilmore.
He said Kershaw owns the property.
The other two were staying in an RV on the property, he said.
They face a charge of possession of marijuana over 50 pounds and less than 2,000 pounds pounds.
Deputies and agents raided the home on Auto Trail at around 7 a.m. Wednesday after they received a tip about the marijuana-growing operation, Cox said.
The raid also stemmed from an investigation into the farming operation that was started after officials noticed the electric bill for the residence had skyrocketed over the past several months, which Cox said was the result of the power demands of a sophisticated grow-light system.
Deputies seized more than 200 marijuana plants, a lighting system and three vehicles, Cox said.