The Liberty County Sheriff's Office received a tip call around 11:30am Saturday. The caller told officials that he discovered a marijuana growing operation on his property.
Deputies met the caller at his property on C.R. 2134 off of F.M. 787. He led them back to the gates. Officials said the chain locks had been broken and then wrapped around so the gates would look secure from the roadway.
Walking further into the heavily wooded area, investigators saw digging and clearing implements for clearing land and planting crops. There was also fertilizer, water and rapid grow chemicals, officials said.
According to deputies, some of the small marijuana plants had begun to sprout, and about 100 marijuana bulbs were still contained in a plastic carrier, waiting to be planted.
Officials also found clothes, shoes and camping supplies in the immediate area. Three small areas of ground had been cleared of timber and brush in preparation for planting, investigators said.
At this time there are no known suspects. This case remains open and active. In previous cases, officials said arrests have been made with these types of criminal operations by intensive investigations.
The Liberty County Sheriff's Office is currently asking landowners -- both private and corporate -- in Liberty County to be vigilant in checking gates, locks and property as the spring crop season begins in southeast Texas.
Should any suspicious activity or persons be located, citizens are urged to immediately report this activity. No one should attempt to stop or apprehend anyone found in these criminal operations as some of these people may be armed and or dangerous.
Anyone with information about this or any other crime in Liberty County is urged to contact the Liberty County Sheriff's Office at 936-336-4500.