iPhone App Helps Shut Harris County Grow Operation Worth $1.4 Million

While it sometimes feels a little gimmicky when the sheriff's office pushes their iWatch Harris County smartphone app, it may have recently helped deputies squash an indoor marijuana growing operation worth more than $1 million.

We're not sure if we're in support of all that greenery being wasted and eventually burned by authorities, what with our glaucoma and bad back and all. But, we've watched enough movies and television to know that big drug operations and big money can fairly often lead to violent crime, and who knows what potentially nefarious connections this type of operation may have had (think: drug gangs). We can only speculate.

So, maybe it's a good thing iWatch helped shut this thing down.

While the details of the case are being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation into the seizure of nearly 400 marijuana plants, what the Harris County Sheriff's Department is really trying to put out there is that the investigation was all due to digital tips they received on that app.

"Tips led us directly to this grow house. These are the types of operations that aren't easy to get from regular investigations," Ryan Sullivan a Harris County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Authorities won't disclose the location of the grow house, but say it was a high-tech operation in an unincorporated area of Harris County. In all 392 weed plants with a street value of around $1.4 million, were found (you can see some of them in the photo above). Sullivan said the capture of those plants was especially good because they were actively growing, and 66 pounds of harvested bud was also found, with an estimated value of $231,000. Of course, all this is going to get burned up, after it's processed as evidence, Sullivan told us.

No details are available about how many people were arrested, but at least one person was taken into custody, according to the sheriff's department. Charges are pending.

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