For the third time in five years, federal agencies have raided an illegal marijuana growing operation in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest.
Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies began efforts Thursday to eradicate a pot patch in the Crystal Valley approximately 16 miles south of Carbondale, in the Redstone area.
The 5-acre site had 2,700 plants as well as chemicals to deter deer, fertilizer, irrigation pipe, camping gear, trash and tarps, the forest supervisor’s office said in a statement.
Unlike the two prior raids, an arrest was made in Thursday’s operation, which involved Forest Service law enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Land Management after “significant coordination over the past several months,” according to the statement.
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