MADISONVILLE (July 16, 2013)--Authorities confiscated more than 18,000 marijuana plants in Central Texas after a group of deer hunters stumbled on a sophisticated pot patch.
Madison County Sheriff Travis Neeley said the hunters were setting up deer blinds Friday when they discovered the plants.
The sheriff's office eventually confiscated 18,400 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $9 million.
Investigators say they have not arrested anyone, but say they suspect the pot operation was being funded by Mexican drug cartels.
Authorities say they also found 13 bags of fertilizer, 3,000 feet of irrigation piping and a generator.
Hygiene products, tents and batteries were found at a nearby campsite.
He suspects the land had been used for marijuana planting for the past three years.