Oct 10, 2014
The Gazette - VAIL — Authorities are investigating after a hunter found about 1,000 marijuana plants being illegally grown south of Gypsum.
The Vail Daily reports the hunter was trekking in the Cottonwood Pass area when he came across the plants on private land Oct. 1. The Eagle County Sheriff's Office says deputies found an elaborate irrigation system, as well as a campsite nearby.
Deputies hid in the area, but no one showed up to harvest the crop
. The sheriff's office, which eventually destroyed the plants, says the landowner didn't know the pot was there and was happy when it was gone.
Federal officials pulled out 2,630 plants near Ruedi Reservoir north of Aspen earlier this month, but it's unclear if the illegal plantations are related.
has legalized sales of recreational marijuana, but the state regulates the industry.