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Investigation continues after $60M worth of marijuana found in Vernon

The site of a former field discovered by authorities in Vernon. The site of a former field discovered by authorities in Vernon.
(Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office) (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office) (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
VERNON PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Vernon Parish officials say $60 million in marijuana has been discovered over the past three months, growing in three locations.

The plants were found in fields in the western part of the parish.

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft said the discoveries began in June after someone spotted suspicious activity near the edge of the woods near the Texas line.

Craft said after investigation and surveillance, narcotics officers found the first grow site which had about 6,000 marijuana plants.

Craft said the second grow site was found as choppers were surveying the first site. Roughly 12,000 plants were discovered.

The third site was located in August near Burr Ferry. Narcotics officers recovered nearly 15,000 plants there. 

Craft estimates the value of each plant at $1,500. 

The recoveries were a joint effort between local authorities, the FBI, DEA and Louisiana State Police.

Craft said thanks to fingerprints found at one of the sites, a suspect has been identified.

The man's record shows he had been deported back to Mexico seven years ago, Craft said. The man's identity has not been released to the public, but it has been given to border agents and is in a national federal database.

There are no other leads in identifying more growers, but Craft believes there were at least two at each site. 

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