Forest Service destroys illegal marijuana grow site worth $8.4 million
DENVER — The U.S. Forest Service this week destroyed an illegal marijuana grow site encompassing $8.4 million worth of pot plants, officials estimated.
The site, near Redstone in the White River National Forest, contained 3,375 plants, the Forest Service reported. Crews removed marijuana plants, dismantled the irrigation system and removed items left in a make-shift camp.
“Growing marijuana on national forest lands will not be tolerated,” said Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor for the White River National Forest. “These cultivation sites cause significant resource damage and endanger visitors who may stumble upon a large amount of marijuana with a large street value.”
No arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.
The White River National Forest is America’s most visited national forest with 9 million visitors each year.