$15 million marijuana bust conducted near Pueblo Wednesday

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PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — A crop of 7,000 to 9,000 marijuana plants with an estimated value of $15 million were seized by law enforcement agencies near Pueblo Wednesday, according to a report. It’s the largest bust in Pueblo County history and one of the largest in the state’s history, as well.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor told the Pueblo Chieftain “this is the work of Mexican cartels,” and that he didn’t believe this particular pot crop was being distributed in Colorado.

“It’s being grown, harvested and sent to California or wherever,” Taylor said. “No doubt, it’s the biggest (grow) bust in the history of Pueblo County.”

A federal agent told the newspaper he believed the bust to be the third or fourth largest in state history.

The grow operation was taking place between Lake Isabel and Camp Jackson, a YMCA property named for civic leader Bob Jackson, a three-term state legislator who died last month. The pot growing was taking place on Jackson’s property. His family told the Chieftain they were shocked to hear of the grow area and the raid.

Law enforcement officials did not release the names of the suspects in the case, but said they are Mexican nationals who have been growing marijuana on Jackson’s property for a number of years, likely unbeknownst to Jackson and his family.

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