PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - A hiker is credited with discovering a sizeable illegal marijuana grow northwest of Rye in the Huckleberry Hills area.
Pueblo County detectives say a total of 7,405 plants were discovered in two fields, and carry an estimated street value of $7 million.
While investigating, detectives encountered two suspects dressed in camouflage, believed to be caretakers of the grow. The pair ran away before additional law enforcement could arrive on site and set up a perimeter.
No arrests were made.
A shelter, blankets, cook stoves, and food containers were all found near the cultivation fields.
The find is the second-largest grow discovered in the area to date.
Four previous grows in the past five years in the San Isabel National Forest have been tied to the Mexican cartel. Investigators are working to determine if Friday's bust could be as well.