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Agencies Removed 71,000 Pot Plants From Colorado Public Lands Last Year

Stephanie Paige Ogburn

Authorities say federal agencies removed more than 71,000 marijuana plants from public lands in Colorado last year.

The Denver Post reports the plants were grown illegally on about 38 acres (15 hectares) in the state during the growing season that usually runs from early summer through the fall.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Colorado office, at least seven cases resulted in prison time from related investigations that involved the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Homeland Security Investigations.

Authorities found about 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms) of trash and infrastructure at each illegal grow site in the San Isabel National Forest. They also found man-made reservoirs and numerous structures, as well as pesticides and other chemicals that required hundreds of hours of cleanup.

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