Posted: Aug 17, 2012 2:28 PM by David Ortiviz
Updated: Aug 17, 2012 2:29 PM
It's being called one of the largest pot busts in Pueblo County history and the number of plants seized has climbed higher. The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office now estimates 13,735 plants were recovered from the forest--raising the estimated street value of the drugs to about $20 million. Deputies had originally estimated there were 9,000 plants found.
The marijuana plants were growing on private land in two separate areas and the sheriff says the property owner knew nothing about it. Sheriff Kirk Taylor says there's evidence as many as seven people were living in camps and growing the marijuana. Two suspects, Abel Resendiz and Luis Leon-Tobar, were caught and arrested.
The sheriff's office is storing the marijuana at an undisclosed location, while the case goes through the court system.