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VPSO: $22.2M marijuana field found in Vernon Parish

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(Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office) (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)

A third marijuana field has been discovered in Vernon Parish and authorities say, in total, the plants had a worth of $22.2 million.

According to Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft, the fields were discovered in western Vernon Parish. The latest field was discovered in a wooded area north of the intersection of La. 8 and La. 111 in the Burr Ferry area.

Craft said the marijuana grow consisted of around 14,800 plants, covering about two acres.

"The plants ranged in size from seedlings to in excess of four-feet in height," he said.

In June, authorities said they discovered a field with plants worth $20 million. A second field was discovered weeks later, worth $10 million.

"Agents believe that, as with previous grows in the area, this grow is the result of Mexican Nationals. Agents have been diligently processing evidentiary items and submitting them to the Louisiana State Crime Lab for examination," Craft said.

The marijuana grow was discovered Aug. 1 by agents with the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force. Craft said the location has been under surveillance until Monday. The plants have been gathered and destroyed.

Craft said through laboratory submittals, a suspect has been identified through fingerprint analysis in the case of a previous marijuana grow site in the Burr Ferry area and a warrant has been issued for the subject. 

Craft said additional warrants on other involved persons are expected. 

The investigation is ongoing.

Agencies involved in the operation were the Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force, the Louisiana State Police, Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, Alexandria Police Department, the Louisiana National Guard and the FBI Task Force.

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