Property in the Permit Application Process Busted With Over 13,000 Plants, Says Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
According to Lt. Chris Stoots of Fish and Wildlife, his department received “a lead or a tip that there was a large cultivation site.” Stoots said, “[It was] unlawful based off size.”
Stoots explained, “The majority of the [grows] we get involved with are extraordinarily outside of legality.” Something about these cannabis cultivation sites such as size or environmental damage, he said, would justify searching them.
According to Andrew Hughan, Public Information Officer for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, “[Although], the people had applied for a permit…until you have a granted permit you are growing illegally.”
The grower/s had a “1600 streambed alteration they didn’t have a permit for,” Hughan said. Officers found 13,524 plants, 25 guns of various calibers, and five to ten grams of methamphetamine, he added.
Mark Broussard was taken into custody at 11 a.m. and bailed out at 4:16 p.m. on Tuesday. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Hughan explained that the reason the Department of Fish and Wildlife had taken a more active role in cannabis cultivation raids recently was because of the new Watershed Enforcement Team (WET) that the agency was mandated to create and oversee. WET was developed to assure that marijuana grows on private lands do not impact waterways negatively.
Note: Marc Broussard and this reporter were classmates and friends.