FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Aug. 31, 2010
Cmdr. Rick Brough
BOULDER, Colo. (8/31/10) – U.S. Forest Service Rangers and SWAT officers from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office and Longmont Police Department returned to the marijuana grow near Raymond, Colo., today to continue their search of the area and collect marijuana plants previously found.
During the search of the area, a second marijuana grow was located approximately 1 mile southwest of the original grow site.
The second site was on U.S. Forest Service land and covered approximately 5 acres. The new marijuana grow contained approximately 4,000 marijuana plants, bringing the total number of plants on the two sites to approximately 7,500. The estimated street value of the marijuana plants is approximately $1 million.
It is believed that the two sites were being maintained by the same individuals due to their proximity and both being irrigated with the same irrigation system.
On Sept. 1, the Colorado National Guard will be assisting local authorities with the removal of the marijuana from the grow sites. The CONG will by supplying two helicopters that will be used to airlift the marijuana from the grow sites to the loading area (the open area located on the north side of Highway 7, just east of the intersection of Highway 72 and Highway 7). The marijuana and grow equipment will be loaded on dump trucks and be taken to a site to be destroyed.
The Boulder County Sheriff's Office is investigating these incidents.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Boulder County Drug Task Force at (303) 441-1690 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or through http://www.nococrimestoppers.com where they can send an anonymous e-mail or text message. Tips may be eligible for a cash reward.
Media representatives are invited to the loading area and will be allowed to photograph and take video of the marijuana being airlifted to the loading site. The airlift is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and will continue for approximately one half hour.
This media release may be found on the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Web site at: http://www.bouldersheriff.org.