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Major pot farm discovered inside Bandelier National Monument

The Los Conchas Fire wreaked havoc on at least three reservations in New Mexico this summer but it spared a major marijuana farm inside Bandelier National Monument.

In the wake of the fire, agents discovered 5,000 pot plants inside the national park. Although drug cartels have used federal land in other parts of the country to grow marijuana, this is the first incident of its kind in New Mexico.

Agents removed the plants yesterday, took them to an undisclosed location and burned them. The drugs were valued at $5 million.

Get the Story:
Huge pot bust at Bandelier (The Santa Fe New Mexican 9/2)
Pot Plantation In Bandelier Survives Las Conchas Fire (The Albuquerque Journal 9/2)

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