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Hunter tips police to $400K marijuana crop

Posted - Sep. 16, 2010 at 9:04 a.m.


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GARFIELD COUNTY -- Authorities destroyed a marijuana crop worth more than $400,000 and arrested four people after receiving a tip from a hunter.

A bowhunter spotted the operation and four people near Barney Top in Garfield County this weekend and called authorities.

Deputies from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office, Drug Enforcement Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials converged on the location Monday morning.

Authorities say two of the suspects, Monica Saldivar, 31, and Eleno Angula, 45, tried to run when officers showed up. They were quickly caught.

Agents say two more suspects, Jesus Ruiz Sepulveda, 51, and Emiliano Arellano, 29, were too intoxicated to run. They were arrested also. All four are Mexican nationals.

The grow site included 413 plants, each worth about $1,000.


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