Feds eradicate 5-acre illegal marijuana grow west of Colorado Springs, find 18,300 plants

Marijuana plants
Marijuana plants

Federal authorities eradicated 18,300 marijuana plants Thursday from an illegal grow operation spanning across about five acres of land in the Pike National Forest west of Colorado Springs.

The U.S. Forest Service says it also seized 2,000 pounds of marijuana growing infrastructure as part of the operation, which centered at a scene about six miles outside of Woodland Park, though an exact location was not provided.

The materials found included irrigation pipe, camping…

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