Deputies find more than 1,000 marijuana plants on private property near Rye

Deputies said the property owner didn't know marijuana was being grown on his land.

RYE, Colo. — Deputies confiscated more than 1,000 marijuana plants from an illegal grow in Rye Thursday.

The investigation into the grow began several months ago, after hikers reported seeing men hauling irrigation tubing into the area. DEA agents flew over and spotted the grow on private property near Gleason Canyon.

Deputies said the property owner didn’t know marijuana was being grown on his land. He gave them permission to search the land and take the plants.

Early Thursday morning, deputies hiked up to the grow and found 1,067 marijuana plants, along with thousands of dollars worth of irrigating and growing equipment. They also found makeshift shelters, and determined the caretakers had harvested some of the plants before abandoning the site about a month ago.

This is the fourth illegal marijuana grow site discovered in the area in four years. The other three were on San Isabel National Forest land. A total of 9,400 plants were confiscated from those three grows, which were taken down in August 2012 and October 2015.

Deputies believe all four grows are connected to a Mexican cartel. No individual suspects have been identified.

 

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