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2,000 pounds of marijuana seized in Colorado forest

Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post
Jefferson County Sheriff's OfficeMore than 51,000 marijuana plants were seized in the Pike National Forest.

Marijuana worth $2.5 million was seized from a sophisticated pot-growing operation in the mountains near Cheesman Reservoir earlier this month, law-enforcement officials said today.

Members of the West Metro Drug Task Force spent nearly 24 hours collecting the marijuana, which amounted to more than 5,100 plants and weighed nearly 2,000 pounds.

The marijuana field was located on Sugarloaf Mountain in the Pike National Forest.

Jacki Kelley, spokesperson for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said the operation stretched over three-fourths of a mile and had an elaborate irrigation system. Each of the plants had an individual drip line which was attached to a sprinkler pipe, said Kelley.

The growers had dammed a stream to

Investigators suspect that the marijuana growers used a shack on the mountainside which contained food, clothing, sleeping bags and cooking utensils. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

supply water to the irrigation line, she said.

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