A Bureau of Land Management found three tons of Marijuana growing equipment dumped outside Rifle, Colorado. Found were air filters, soil, trash bags, and fertilizer bottles. There were indications the location was used for the previous two years. A park ranger initially discovered the trash by observing a corner of a bag sticking up out of a ravine. According to 9News, it took crews two days and five truckloads to remove all the trash. Section 18-4-511, C.R.S. (littering), was violated, and if the individuals are involved with illegal Marijuana Cultivation they would be guilty of:
- A class 1 misdemeanor, if the offense involves six or fewer plants; or
- A class 5 felony if the offense involves more than six but fewer than thirty plants; or
- A class 4 felony if the offense involves thirty or more plants.
Section 18-18-406, C.R.S.
Contamination like this indicates there was someone nearby who was probably growing illegally and afraid of the possibility of getting caught. Environmentally unsound practices like this only lead to further damage the public's view of individuals who grow cannabis. Growing indoors, then dumping outdoors, isn't the only problem. Outdoor grow-operations at times use excessive fertilizer and pesticides which runoff, further damaging the environment by causing algae blooms and killing native wild life.
We have successfully defended people accused of Marijuana offenses over the last nineteen years. We practice in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson and other Colorado Counties.
If you or a loved one has been contacted by the police because of Cultivation of Marijuana, be smart, exercise the right to remain silent, and contact O'Malley Law Office, P.C., at 303-731-0719. We'll fight for your innocence, and together we can protect your future.