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Sep 10, 2010 8:42 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Pot plants found in forest near Deckers

Authorities have destroyed about 4,400 marijuana plants growing on the Pike National forest in central Colorado. The U.S. Forest Service and Douglas County sheriff's office removed the plants near Deckers Wednesday.

Authorities say four men were seen fleeing the area as officers arrived. Officers didn't find the men.

Authorities say the growing operation had an extensive drip irrigation system. They say firearms were found at the site.

Colorado Army National Guard helicopters helped haul the plants out of the area.

Boulder County and federal authorities got help from the Guard to remove thousands of marijuana plants found growing in the mountains north of Boulder in August.

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