DECKERS, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities in Douglas County this week busted a $9 million grow operation.
Authorities came across the field near Deckers during aerial surveillance.
The site — which looked like a messy campground — contained more than 3,000 marijuana plants.
The 2 acre area was being watered using a professional irrigation system.
“The site was still in operation. The plants were being tended to and there were areas where plants had been harvested and left to dry,” said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steven Segin.
The U.S. Forest Service, along with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, dismantled the operation.
It took a National Guard helicopter to move all the plants.
There have been 13 hidden growing operations discovered by authorities on National Forest land in the state since 2009.