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Big marijuana bust in small town Colorado

By Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 05 2014 12:04:32 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 05 2014 12:18:37 AM CST
HASWELL, Colo. -

The small town of Haswell is home to the first large drug bust of 2014.

Two people were arrested and 1,200 marijuana plants seized in Saturday's bust.

The Kiowa County Sheriff's Office went into a home in Haswell Saturday morning and found what Sheriff Forrest Frazee called a sophisticated marijuana growing operation.

The Sheriff's Office said the suspects are not believed to be Colorado residents and are believed to have moved to town of 70 people about two months ago.

The pair arrested have not been identified. They are currently in the Bent County Jail on unspecified charges.

Frazee said the two suspects were not following recently relaxed state marijuana laws that allow residents to grow a handful of plants.

"This is a very sophisticated operation," said Frazee. "Plants are lined up in various stages of growth, with the largest being about three feet tall. None were in bloom yet."

Frazee asked for help from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency in continuing the investigation.

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