Tip from Hunter Yields $900,000 in Confiscated Marijuana Plants

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On September 5, enforcement agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries confiscated over 600 marijuana plants in Vernon Parish thanks to a tip from a hunter who found some of the plants on his hunting lease. The plants have a $900,000 estimated street value.

The hunter contacted Senior Agent Joe Dewil and told him he found 15 plants in a cutover off of Old River Road and believed they were marijuana. Sr. Agent Dewil and the hunter went to the location where they confirmed the hunter’s suspicion.

Dewil then contacted Sgt. Bill Tyree, Sr. Agent Curt Belton, Agent Russell Brack, and a Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force Officer for assistance. After an extensive search of the surrounding area, the wildlife agents and narcotics officer located and confiscated additional marijuana plants.

An aerial search was later conducted from a Louisiana State Police helicopter to confirm complete removal of the illicit garden. The confiscated plants were turned over to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.

If anyone has any information concerning this investigation, please contact the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337)238-1311, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at 1-800-442-2511, or the Louisiana State Police at 1-800-256-4160.