Firefighters find 22-acre marijuana grow while battling fire

Crews were flying overhead and spotted the grow, estimated to have a $15 million value


By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez
The Gazette

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.

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