El Paso County breaks up three illegal marijuana grows

El Paso County breaks up three illegal marijuana grows

Three illegal marijuana growing operations were uncovered and raided in El Paso County on Wednesday, with more than 700 plants, worth an estimated $700,000, seized.

Investigators also seized $28,000 and five firearms while serving search warrants at three locations, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

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Illegal marijuana raids in El Paso County.

The search warrants were executed in the 20000 block of Sahara Drive, the 15000 block of Wagon Trail and at 33000 E. Highway 24, according to the sheriff’s office.

The three connected raids are among the largest illegal marijuana cultivation operations and seizures to date in El Paso County, the sheriff’s office said.

The rural enforcement and outreach unit, tactical support unit, and metro vice narcotics intelligence division executed the warrants.

“The sheriff’s office will continue its efforts to aggressively go after those who are involved in the black-market marijuana and illegal marijuana grow business,” the release said.

Members of the Colorado Springs and Fountain police departments participated in the raids.

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