TRIDENT uncovers pot farm near Parachute
September 29, 2008
PARACHUTE, Colo. ” Police officials are seeking the suspected growers behind a marijuana operation after seizing close to 900 plants last week in a small canyon near Parachute in western Colorado.
TRIDENT officers received a tip that led them to the site on Thursday, where they found signs that someone had been camping near the plants to help maintain them. The plants were supported with a watering system fed by a stream running down the center of the canyon. The value of the pot is estimated at more than $1 million, according to TRIDENT, a multi-jurisdictional drug task force.
TRIDENT officers, with assistance from Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Vail Police Department, removed the plants, which ranged in height from 1 to 10 feet, according to a TRIDENT press release.
TRIDENT receives funding support from federal, state and local government sources, including the Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Carbondale and Vail police departments and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.