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Police Looking for Man in Pot Farm 'Selfie'

Take this pot farm selfie as evidence that solo snapshots are always a bad idea.

Benigno Ramirez of Michoacan, Mexico, might be regretting his recent selfie right now, considering it has landed him at the center of the investigation into last week's $10 million marijuana farm bust in Fort Bend County.

Authorities uncovered the massive grow operation, located just north of the Sugar Land airport, during a raid on August 19. The site had been a subject of interest for authorities for quite some time, but the sophisticated operation was positioned on the edge of Oyster Creek, making it tough to see from land, and even tougher to access.

The four-acre field was accessible only by boat, and is estimated to have yielded between 9,000 and 10,000 pot plants. That translates to about $10 million in street value, authorities say, making this bust one of the biggest in recent history for Fort Bend officials.

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During the raid, authorities allegedly found a cell phone containing Ramirez's selfie at a makeshift campground. Police in Fort Bend County now think he could be the key to finding out who was running the elaborate marijuana grow operation.

Unfortunately, Ramirez is nowhere to be found -- yet. He and another unnamed suspect are wanted for questioning in connection with the pot field, said Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Haenel. We're guessing the selfie -- which is now all over local media -- might make things a bit easier for investigators to find and arrest those responsible for the giant grow operation.

So let this be a lesson to you, kids. Taking selfies at a giant illegal pot farm may seem like an awesome thing to do to impress your buddies. But it may also wind up being awesome for authorities who happen to be investigating your giant illegal pot farm.

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