Aug 30, 2009 8:52 AM by John Romero
The discovery of a large marijuana farm deep in the Pike National Forest is raising a lot of eyebrows, especially with local campers. "Wow! That's really close to home. I thought that's a little bit scary." says camper Phil Erlander. He and his wife have been camping in the Pike National Forest since 1974, most recently with their 2 grand children. The news of the bust came as a shock. "I was surprised at what a large operation it was." he says, "And it was there a long time it seems like to be able to grow that much."
But the shock factor isn't limited to the bust itself. Recent comments by the forest service warn campers to lookout for anyone listening to Spanish music and eating tortillas... saying they could be armed Marijuana growers. Some Hispanic leaders, such as PPCC Instructor and Ph.D Jose Barerra, are crying foul. "You hear somebody playing some music or something. It's Mexican music and you're going to immediately conclude that here you have some bandits, or some narco traffickers." he explains. Barerra says these comments from the forest service are flat out racist. "That is a type of racial profiling and it is definitely racist. It makes Hispanic people wonder what the rest of the community thinks of them."
So far there's been no response from the Forest Service.