Call it a true “Rocky Mountain High”. The Boulder County Sherriff’s office in Colorado has found several marijuana grow sites on U.S. Forest Service land.
The grow sites cover about 5 acres and was found by a hiker. These sites contain around 7,500 plants worth about $1 million. The original grow site had about 3,000 marijuana plants that included a well-organized and sophisticated irrigation system. The plants are between three and six feet tall. The sites are in close proximity and have the same irrigation system which leads the police to believe that the area is maintained by the same people.
When police arrived at the scene they saw a suspect fleeing the scene. He is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds. Authorities do not know if the man is armed, but say he could be dangerous.
When the police searched the area they found camping equipment at the scene. The police think that there are more people involved in the growing operation. However, they didn’t find any evidence that would have indicated the people involved were armed.
Authorities say this discovery of about 7,500 plants is the largest on public lands since August 2009, when more than 14,000 plants were found in the Pike National Forest. A spokesperson for the DEA says Colorado is seeing less marijuana confiscated from public lands than other states because Colorado has legalized growing medical marijuana. However, in nearby Utah has confiscated more than 100,000 plants so far this year.
The Colorado National Guard will be providing two helicopters to airlift the marijuana to a loading area, where it will be taken by truck to a site to be destroyed.