HUNT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Another duffle bag of marijuana has been found in Hunt County, as the search continues for the pilot who dumped hundreds of pounds of the drugs before ditching his plane.
The latest discovery was made early Friday morning in an open pasture between Greenville and Commerce in Hunt County along the same path other bags were found.
Authorities say the "ante" is up because the dollar value has increased and they may be dealing with dangerous people.
Investigators say the flight originated in California, with a stop in Arizona, before hitting East Texas.
"I've been in law enforcement for 35 years and this is the first time I've seen something like this happen," said Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks. "We are still continuing to hunt for the pilot of this airplane and trying to figure out exactly where he was headed."
The pilot landed at Majors Field just south of the city attempting to refuel but he had a confrontation with law enforcement. He took off and that's when marijuana began to rain from the sky.
The pilot is suspected to be Darin Fayne, 44. Doubling back, the he ran out of gas and landed near the Caddo Mills airfield where he disappeared.
Hundreds of pounds of hydroponic marijuana has been seized and it is worth a lot to those who owned it.
"We determined that this is street value wise, worth about $1,500,000," said Meeks. "So somebody's going to be looking for this and we believe they're going to be coming back to this area to find out where they dropped it."
Investigators are concealing the identities of the people who found the jettisoned bags for their own safety. Meeks says Fayne should consider giving himself up as well.
"If he was smart he would turn himself in to us because I'm sure whoever owns this is not very pleased," said Meeks.
In fact, investigators are counting on it.
"Invariably these type of folks will make a mistake and when they do we're going to be there," said Meeks.
Anyone with information or who knows the whereabouts of Fayne is urged to call Hunt County Sheriff's Office.
Description of Suspect:
The hunt for the suspect, Darin FAYNE, described as a 44 year old white male, brown hair, blue eyes, 5'11" 180 pounds, continues. He is no longer believed to be in the northeast Texas area and authorities have widened their area of interest. Anyone with any information on FAYNE's whereabouts is encouraged to contact local law enforcement, or the Hunt County Sheriff's Office at 903-453-6800 or by logging on to www.friendsofthesheriff.com. He is to be considered armed and dangerous.