FORT BEND COUNTY – Fort Bend County deputies are searching for a possible suspect who may be associated with a large marijuana grow field discovered earlier this week.
Benigno Ramirez has been named a person of interest in the case. He is a Mexican national from Michoacan. Ramirez is about 5'7 and weighs about 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
A cell phone left behind when two suspects fled the crime scene included a selfie of Ramirez and helped authorities identify him.
As many as 10,000 plants with a street value up to $10 million were removed from the field on Tuesday. Some were as tall as 14 feet high.
A tip to undercover officers led them to the grow field that spreads across several west of Highway 6 and south of Old Richmond Road.
Officers had to use ATVs and boats to reach the remote area.
Two men were seen running away from the area when officers arrived. One of them shot at the officers with a pellet gun.
Evidence shows the two suspects camped out there for months. They left everything behind, including a radio still playing music, toiletries, soap, food, clothes and all of their person belongings.
They showered, cooked in their makeshift kitchen under a tarp. They washed their clothes by hand and air dried them.
Investigators say the suspects used an inflatable boat to go back and forth to the store. They used the Red Gully as their main source of water for everything.
"They pump the water through pipes and hoses to hydrate the plants," said FBC Sheriff Troy Nehl.
Fort bend County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the suspects in the case.