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Hiker Stumbles upon multi-million dollar marijuana Colorado grow farm with possible cartel Links

July 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Hiker Stumbles upon multi-million dollar marijuana Colorado grow farm with possible cartel Links

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On Friday, a hiker walked upon an extensive marijuana grow farm with potential links to Mexican drug cartels concealed inside San Isabel National Forest in Colorado.

The illegal grow operation revealed in Pueblo County spanned across two fields belonging to the U.S. Forest Service and had over 7,400 marijuana plants.

Police on the scene came across two unidentified men who fled. Authorities indicated that it is the second largest marijuana grow farm uncovered in Pueblo County and the fifth discovered in the San Isabel National Forest.

Narcotics detectives examining the site said the area might be linked to Mexican cartels working in the area, but have yet to make any arrests, The Denver Post reported.

The previous four sites recovered since 2012 had suspected associations with Mexican cartels.

Officials found two illegal marijuana grows, with more than 7,400 plants, on federal forest land near the town of Rye (Photo courtesy of Puebla County Sheriff)

“These are not indigenous to Colorado, and the water and fertilizers required for these operations represent an environmental hazard for our beautiful mountains,” Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor announced in a statement.

A prior pot bust in the San Isabel National Forest in August 2012 netted over 9,400 marijuana plants. Officials calculate the value of the drug seizure at over $7 million.

Police recently made the largest bust of an illegal weed operation since Colorado fully legalized the drug, charging 62 people involved in a plot across five states.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman indicated that their probe, titled Operation Toker Poker, resulted in the indictment of 12 businesses.

Officials arrested 43 of the people involved, but 19 others are still on the lam. The defendants, who allegedly went to high school together and played poker, are accused of laundering millions and committing fraud, along with a myriad of other charges.

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