The office for Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh just issued a press release announcing a multi-agency operation aimed at illegal marijuana grows on federal land. The release says the Drug Enforcement Administration has, just this year in Colorado, seized some 1,400 plants, 103 pounds and $354,325 related to marijuana grown on public land. (Not to mention that last week, Pueblo County made its largest pot bust ever, seizing 13,735 plants plants near San Isabel.)
“Use of the public lands for marijuana cultivation is an environmental crime as well as a violation of our nation’s anti-drug laws,” says Walsh in the release. “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.”
Anyway, here's the best part:
Colorado has seen many illegal marijuana grow operations on public lands in recent years. Since 2009 sixteen illegal marijuana grows have been raided on the National Forests in Colorado. Notably, in the course of responding to the Waldo Canyon wildfire west of Colorado Springs, Colorado earlier this summer, firefighters discovered a substantial marijuana grow site on Forest Service land, which they reported to law enforcement. The 22 acre site had a living area, dams and irrigation lines, and included approximately 7,500 marijuana plants with an estimated $15 million dollar street value. Some of these plants had been burned and destroyed in the fire itself, and the remainder were removed by U.S. Forest Service law enforcement personnel.