DPS reports record increase in seized marijuana plants
Law enforcement agencies in Texas have seen a record increase in domestic marijuana seizures in 2009, especially in North and East Texas areas, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release.
The department's criminal investigations division coordinates the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Domestic Marijuana Eradication program with the help of local, state and federal agencies.
Investigators have seized about 62,000 marijuana plants since January, which the release said is the "most ever ... in the history of the program." Authorities seized about 36,280 plants in 2008, and about 40,170 plants in 2007.
The DPS is investigating whether the increase in domestic marijuana production is part of a trend by Mexican drug trafficking organizations moving into Texas.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Thursday, November 05, 2009