A hiker was shocked when he stumbled upon a huge marijuana farm on government land last Friday. It was hidden in the San Isabel National Forest in Colorado, and possibly has links to Mexican drug cartels.
The illegal plantation consisted f over 7,400 marijuana plants and took up two fields of the U.S. Forest Service land, making it the second largest such farm found in Pueblo County and the fifth largest discovered in the San Isabel National Forest.
“These grows are not indigenous to Colorado and the water and fertilizers required for these grow operations represent a clear environmental hazard for our beautiful Colorado mountains,” Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor stated.
The Daily Caller reports:
Narcotics detectives investigating the find said the grow site may be related to Mexican cartels operating in the area, but no arrests have been made. The previous four grow sites found since 2012 had suspected connections to Mexican cartels.
A previous marijuana bust in the San Isabel National Forest in August 2012 netted more than 9,400 pot plants. Officials estimate the value of the drug seizure Friday at more than $7 million.
Authorities recently made the largest bust of an illicit marijuana operation since Colorado fully legalized weed, charging 62 people involved in a scheme spanning five states.
Two unidentified men were observed fleeing the scene, by authorities.