More than 7,000 plants discovered in illegal grow fields

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. -- A multiagency operation led to the discovery of 7,438 marijuana plants on two illegal grow fields, the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office said.

The illegal grows were found northwest of Rye, according to the sheriff's office. In addition to the plants, teams found grow equipment and makeshift shelters.

“This type of activity is not only illegal, but it is detrimental to our mountain environment," Sheriff Kirk Taylor said in a news release.

The illegal grows were found on private property and on land inside the San Isabel National Forest.

Investigators say a tip from hikers led them to the illegal grow operations and they believe the same people were operating both fields.

No arrests have been made.