Lots of folks are weighing in on what to do with the 100,195 marijuana plants that have been discovered in Polk County.
What happens to the marijuana?
POLK COUNTY - Lots of folks are weighing in on what to do with the 100,195 marijuana plants that have been discovered in Polk County. The weed has an estimated street value of $175 million. Authorities are calling this the largest bust of its kind in the state of Texas.
Authorities told 11 News the plants are being stored in a secure location in a room the size of a small gymnasium. Most of the plants will be destroyed with a "representative sample" retained for evidence and prosecution purposes, said Polk County D.A. William Lee Hon.
As for how the pot should be disposed of, people in Livingston have suggested everything from smoking it, to burning it, to selling it to states where marijuana has been legalized. But a Livingston attorney, who has handled numerous drug cases, said county authorities could not sell it.
"That would be a crime for the sheriff of Polk County Texas to sell marijuana and I don't the sheriff of Polk County Texas is going to commit a crime," said Joe Roth.
Authorities said the drugs would likely be incinerated, most likely at a DPS incinerator. A DPS trooper said it would take at least a couple of days to burn it all.
Meantime one suspect is being held in the Polk County Jail. He is Rene Carbajal Burrisqueta, 26, of Houston. Authorities are searching for several more suspects.