5-acre illegal pot grow found, destroyed in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Authorities in Western Colorado were working to get rid of another large illegal marijuana grow site.

One person was taken into federal custody after authorities found the 5-acre site 16 miles south of Carbondale in the White River National Forest, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

Officials said the site contained more than 2,700 plants along with illegal irrigation systems, camping gear, trash, tarps and chemicals to deter wildlife.

According to the forest service, illegal marijuana grows are damaging to the forest.

"Harmful poisons, pesticides and fertilizers are often found at grow sites," the forest service said in a release. "These chemicals are fatal to wildlife, can infiltrate the food web, seep into the soil and surrounding watersheds and harm aquatic species or compromise drinking water."

Here are some tips on what to do if you find an active grow site, per the U.S. Forest Service:

-Leave the area in the same way you came in, retracing your steps.
-Make observations of what you see.
-Once clear of the site, report your findings to the Forest Service or local law enforcement officials and relay your location and observations.

-Linger at the site.
-Call attention to yourself.
-Touch anything that looks out of the ordinary.

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