Marijuana is shown growing in the backyard of a home in Honolulu, Hawaii, in February 2016. (Associated Press file)

Sheriff: Raid in Pueblo West nets millions worth of illegal pot plants

Authorities on Thursday arrested seven people and seized $7.6 million worth of marijuana plants along with a quarter-million dollars of equipment used to make hash oil from five Pueblo West homes.

More than 1,900 illegally grown plants were seized in the raids, triggered by a Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office investigation, said Gayle Perez, spokeswoman for the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.

“They entered the homes and found hundreds of marijuana plants in various states of growth,” along with equipment used to make butane hash oil and a large-scale manufacturing area,” Perez said.

All of the suspects are from Florida, and the drugs were being packaged and sent there for sale.

Four of the homes were rentals, and in one of them authorities found a 5-month-old child.

The suspects face felony drug charges, Perez said.

Tom McGhee: 303-954-1671, or @dpmcghee

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