Large Pot Grow Operation Discovered During Waldo Canyon Fire Battle, Feds Say

August 23rd, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

Back in June, while firefighters were battling the Waldo Canyon Fire, the most destructive wildfire in state history, they discovered a sophisticated and large-scale marijuana grow operation in Pike National Forest.

The grow operation, covering approximately 22-acres and containing around 7,500 plants, was hidden on a mountainside above the Cascade-Chipita Park community west of Colorado Springs. The large grow site had a living area for pot growers, dams and irrigation systems, CBS4 reports. The estimated street value of the pot discovered was $15 million.

Some of the pot plants had burned in the fire which ultimately consumed 18,247 acres, killed two people, destroyed nearly 350 homes and forced the evacuation of 32,000 people.

The details of the grow operation discovered near the Waldo Canyon wildfire area came with the announcement that Colorado officials are participating in a multi-agency, multi-state effort to crackdown on marijuana grown on public lands.

In a press statement, U.S. Attorney for Colorado John Walsh said, “Use of the public lands for marijuana cultivation is an environmental crime as well as a violation of our nation’s anti-drug laws.” Walsh said this is just one of 16 large marijuana grow sites that have been raided on Colorado public lands since 2009.

“Those who engage in this activity are endangering public safety and harming Colorado’s treasured wild lands and high country, and will be apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Walsh continued in the statement.

The U.S. Forest Service says that these large-scale illegal grow operations

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