Taos County law enforcement discover marijuana grow-op off State Road 518

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 10/11/19

Taos County law enforcement and U.S. Forest Service members dashed someone's hopes to harvest around 70 mature marijuana plants found growing off State Road 518 in Taos County Thursday (Oct. …

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Taos County law enforcement discover marijuana grow-op off State Road 518

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Taos County law enforcement and U.S. Forest Service officers dashed someone's hopes to harvest around 70 mature marijuana plants found growing off State Road 518 in Taos County Thursday (Oct. 10).

Taos County Undersheriff Steve Miera said in a phone interview Friday (Oct. 11) that members of the Sheriff's Special Response Team assisted Forest Service officers in sending the plants through a shredder yesterday after they were found by a Forest Service officer.

Officers were still clearing the  area Friday morning, causing traffic delays.

Miera said the officer who discovered the plants was driving between Pot Creek and Talpa on Thursday, when he spotted a large tarp fluttering in the high winds some distance away from the state road. Further inspection revealed the marijuana plants bundled together under the tarp, apparently ready to be harvested before the winter season arrives.

Miera said the discovery was made on public lands, making it difficult to identify who had planted the marijuana there.

As of Friday afternoon, law enforcement had not arrested anyone in connection with the illegal grow-op.

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