Several illegal marijuana grow operations busted across metro area

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THORNTON, Colo. -- Several homes were raided across the Denver metro area on Thursday morning as part of an illegal marijuana grow enforcement operation.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI and local law enforcement conducted the raids at dozens of locations about 7 a.m.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said the raids were part of an ongoing federal investigation into suspected black market operations.

Officials raided locations in various cities and counties, including Denver, Aurora, Broomfield, Commerce City, Lakewood and Thornton.

Officials were seen at a home in the 4000 block of East 130th Way in Thornton and several pot plants were on a driveway in the 12200 block of Adams Street, northwest of West 120th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.

Six homes on one block in Thornton were part of the raids.

Three people were seen in handcuffs and sitting near a street at the Adams Street location as several agents in hazardous materials suits went through the home and removed items.

Raids are periodically conducted of operations that are suspected not following state law.

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