Would-be sightseers warned to avoid pot bust

Logan Williamson was arrested after deputies reportedly found him in possession of drug paraphernalia

October 24, 2011 1:00:29 PM PDT
Last week officials uncovered what investigators are calling a historic bust of a marijuana-growing operation in our area. This week, they are telling the curious to stay away.

Tons of pot were being grown in a sophisticated cultivation operation in Liberty County, in a rural area off of County Road 2050. On Sunday afternoon, deputies from the Liberty County Sheriff's Office arrived at the scene after a tipster said several vehicles had been seen opening a gate and driving into the area.

One vehicle was stopped by a deputy. The driver, identified as Logan Williamson, was reportedly found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and arrested. Williamson was transported to the Liberty County Jail and his vehicle was towed away.

While deputies were on the scene, searching the area for any further persons who may have been at the now destroyed marijuana operation, two additional vehicles pulled through a gate and onto the property, at different times. In both instances, the vehicles were stopped, occupants identified and checked for warrants.

When asked why they were at this location, the individuals reportedly told deputies they 'just wanted to see what it looked like" and "just wanted to see if there was any weed left." Each person was warned by the LCSO of the dangerous position they had placed themselves into and advised do not return to this location for any reason.

The LCSO wants to warn people to remain away from this property. They say there are no souvenirs or remaining marijuana plants which may have been missed by the LCSO, state or federal agents. Furthermore, the pesticides and chemicals used by those involved in the marijuana operation are harmful and can even be deadly if consumed straight from the ground, as some of the individuals stopped alluded to trying to do.

All of the persons stopped near or on the property of this case were local Liberty County residents. The LCSO wants to remind everyone, for your own safety, do not for any reason attempt to go to or sightsee near this property. Additionally, while the LCSO and agents believe any and all countermeasure devices have been located and disabled or destroyed, a danger or risk are always present during and after such an operation.

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