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Authorities dismantle cartel-linked marijuana grow operation in Colorado

July 10, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities dismantle cartel-linked marijuana grow operation in Colorado A marijuana plant flourishes under grow lights at a warehouse in Denver on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. More than 40 Colorado jurisdictions considering local rules on medical marijuana this election. Thanks to a new state law allowing local governments more leeway in regulating pot, voters across the state will consider proposed bans on dispensaries or commercial pot-growing operations. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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Federal and local authorities busted an illegal grow operation in Colorado run by members of a Mexican drug cartel on Thursday.

The raid involved agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the Colorado National Guard and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Narcotics, Special Weapons and Tactics teams.

Officials with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday’s raid is the fourth time in four years authorities have dismantled a grow operation linked to a Mexican drug cartel, which included two discovered in August 2012, and a third was found and destroyed October 2015.

According to the Denver Post, authorities first uncovered the illegal grow operation several months ago after hikers reported seeing several men hauling irrigation tubing near an area other where other grow operations were previously dismantled.

DEA agents conducted an aerial flyover of the area and found the grow spot near Gleason Canyon located just southwest of Pueblo.

Investigators questioned the landowner, who was unaware of the grow operation on his property and gave permission to federal agents to search the private property, which would lead to the confiscation of more than 1,000 marijuana plants with a street value of $4.2 million.

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