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TRIDENT nabs 890 pot plants in canyon near Parachute

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colorado – People growing marijuana in a canyon near Parachute will be upset to learn that the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team confiscated about 890 marijuana plants Thursday.It could be the largest marijuana bust in Garfield County, and some of the plants reportedly stood up to 10 feet tall.”It’s probably the biggest one that I can recall in Garfield County,” said Sheriff Lou Vallario, adding that the next largest he remembers was the seizure of almost 700 marijuana plants in 1992.TRIDENT said in a news release that the plants are estimated to be worth more than $1 million dollars. The team received a tip about the plants located off of County Road 309 near Parachute on the south side of the Colorado River on Thursday. TRIDENT scouted the area and found the plants inside a small canyon.TRIDENT, with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Vail Police Department, spent a “full day” removing the marijuana plants, Vallario said.The plants were photographed and samples were collected for evidence, but the bulk of the plants will be destroyed, he added. Photographs weren’t available Monday. Some plants were just one foot tall while others stood up to 10 feet high, TRIDENT said.The grow was located on private land and it included a watering system that drew water from a stream with plastic tubing, Vallario said.”It wasn’t very sophisticated but it was very large and obviously these people spent a fair amount of time caring for these plants,” he said.But TRIDENT has no reason to believe the landowners are involved and it suspects marijuana growers were trespassing and camping at the site, Vallario said.TRIDENT obtained documents or pieces of paper with names of people who may be involved in the growing operation from the campsite and is investigating, Vallario said.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.com


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