Between 7,000 and 9,000 plants were seized in Pueblo County when a huge grow was raided on Wednesday, August 15.
The huge grow was situated outdoors in the remote countryside, on the property of the late Colorado State House Representative Robert Jackson. The grow was equipped with irrigation, sleeping areas and a makeshift outdoor kitchen, as well as a trimming and packaging area.
What surprised me about this story was the theory offered by the arresting sheriff.
“This is the work of Mexican drug cartels,” Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said to The Pueblo Chieftain. “This stuff isn’t being distributed here. It’s being grown, harvested and sent to California or wherever.”
At first I thought this was probably just racist BS, but apparently hard to access locations all over the front range of the Rockies are now popular places for cartel-run, huge grow operations. It is probably cheaper for them to smuggle growers across borders, though I would think cartel supervision would be limited at best. I’ve personally only known people to have cartel weed that is the brick-schwag we have all seen before, all of which comes from across the border.