By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — While firefighters were battling the Waldo Canyon fire in late June, they stumbled upon an unexpected find — a 22-acre marijuana grow hidden in public lands.
Steve Segin, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said there were an estimated 7,500 plants at the site, a living structure and irrigation lines. The area was also sprayed with pesticides. Those plants would bring a street value of $15 million, he said.
Firefighters find 22-acre marijuana grow while battling fire