AURORA CO - MAY 22: An agent, with the Drug Enforcement Administration, uses his feet to smash down marijuana plants, in a trailer outside a home in The Conservatory at the Plains subdivision, during a raid on May 22, 2019 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

Federal and local authorities raid marijuana grow houses in huge black market roundup

Hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement agents and officers fanned across the Denver metro area Wednesday morning in a massive black market marijuana grow sting in which thousands of marijuana plants worth millions of dollars were seized from dozens of homes.

“It’s safe to say there were thousands of marijuana plants confiscated,” said Deanne Reuter, assistant special agent in charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration, which spearheaded the operation along with the Joint Metro Task Force. “Everything seemed to go smooth.”

On the black market, marijuana plants are worth up to $3,000 a plant depending on the size of the plants, or around $3 million per 1,000 plants, Reuter said.

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