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    Operation Flypaper: Colorado Guardsmen assist law enforcement agencies in largest marijuana bust in southern Colo. [Image 4 of 25]

    Operation Flypaper: Colorado Guardsmen assist law enforcement agencies in largest marijuana bust in southern Colo.

    PUEBLO COUNTY, CO, UNITED STATES

    08.15.2012

    Photo by Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Clark 

    Colorado National Guard

    After clearing the area of marijuana plants, counterdrug personnel load the plants into a net and secure the net to a helicopter hoist for extraction from a remote hillside near Rye, Colo., Aug. 15, 2012. Using a UH-60 helicopter, Colorado National Guardsmen helped move an estimated 7,000 to 9,000 marijuana plants -- nearly $15 million street value -- from two remote grow sites located on private property. Members of the Colorado National Guard Joint Counter-Drug Task Force's Drug Interdiction section were called to assist the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office move the plants, which are growing in steep terrain that's impassible by motor vehicle. The operation is largest marijuana bust in Pueblo County history and one of the largest ever in Colorado. Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor led a multi-agency operation known as "Operation Flypaper" to extricate the marijuana grows. The teams involved were the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, Narcotics Division, Special Weapons And Tactics team, the Special Tactics And Techniques team, and Emergency Services Bureau; the Pueblo Police Department’s SWAT team, and Narcotics Unit; the U.S. Forest Service; and the CO-JCDTF. The grows are located on private property bordering the San Isabel National Forest. (Official Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral/RELEASED)

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    Date Taken: 08.15.2012
    Date Posted: 08.16.2012 21:50
    Photo ID: 646574
    VIRIN: 120815-Z-NQ000-182
    Resolution: 2784x1848
    Size: 1.54 MB
    Location: PUEBLO COUNTY, CO, US

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