Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputies are searching a wooded area for suspects who fled in the middle of a pot bust in Sugar Land on Tuesday afternoon.

Two fields of marijuana covering about 5 acres were discovered behind an old prison in Sugar Land, off Highway 6 near the Sugar Land Regional Airport.

Deputies encountered two men who they believe were the growers Tuesday morning. Sheriff Troy Nehls told Local 2 one of the men pointed a pellet gun at the officers before both ran off into the woods.

The bust is the result of a two-month long investigation by the Fort Bend County drug task force.

Investigators say the marijuana plants have a street value of about $1,000 per plant.

"This isn't corn," Nehls said. "This is a cash cow for some should they have been successful, they would have been very wealthy at the end of this. We ruined somebody's day today."

Photos: Marijuana grow field found in Fort Bend County

Published On: Aug 19 2014 03:18:35 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2014 03:19:38 PM CDT

Agents with the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force found a grow field, located west of Highway 6 and south of Voss Road near Cullinan Park, that was packed with marijuana plants. The field is about three to five acres in size.

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