CBI, local law enforcement take down grow operations

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement says Wednesday's pot busts were a cultivation of months of investigation and planning that ended in a successful sting operation.

"We dismantled marijuana grow operations in 13 locations throughout the county, containing more than 1,000 plants, over 90 pounds of cultivated product and several guns as well," John Camper, director for the CBI, said.

The sting operation ranged from C 1/2 Road in Grand Junction to Glade Park and ended with six men under arrest. According to a press release from local law enforcement the suspects could possibly face charges of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and cultivation of marijuana among other charges.

The CBI says this is just the beginning.

"This was, I can tell you, an organized drug trafficking organization, consisting of primarily Cuban nationals, most of whom are from Florida," Camper said. "This is a trend that we have seen statewide."

Neighbors watching the operations Wednesday morning say they had no idea this could be right next door.

"I didn't know what was going on," Josh Packard, a neighbor near a bust, said. "These were really good people and totally caught me off guard."