Every year during the summer, we see law enforcement busting marijuana grow operations in remote areas of the state typically in Southern Utah. This summer, in the past week, officers discovered a marijuana field of more than 2,800 plants about 15 miles north of Bryce Canyon National Park. The plants, had they been allowed to grow and mature fully, would have had an estimated street value of nearly 3 million dollars. Police agents were able to find the field after a tip came through from a local hiker. According to the sheriff’s department, the post growing site was discovered only about 1/4 mile from a popular camp ground. It is unknown why anyone would choose to attempt a marijuana grow in such an area that would have been sure to be discovered. The garden doesn’t appear to be cartel related as the plants were small and didn’t match the more professional cartel style operations law enforcement has encountered in the past. When officers came upon the camp site, two individuals fled on foot. The sheriff’s were able to apprehend one while the other got away.
Marijuana Cultivation Charges
The suspects are likely facing marijuana cultivation charges which carry tough penalties in Utah including a real possibility of significant prison time. Garfield County typically doesn’t see a lot of marijuana cultivation but growers may be moving into new areas with Iron County and surrounding areas clamping down. Anyone charged with marijuana cultivation or distribution charges should seek out the services of a qualified Utah Marijuana Defense Attorney.
Salcido Law Firm – Pot Defense
We represent individuals charged with any kind of pot related charge from simple possession and paraphernalia to federal marijuana conspiracy charges. Our team is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week so do not hesitate to call us if you have been charged. Serious drug crimes require representation with a certain level of experience and knowledge, Salcido Law Firm has what it takes to get you the best possible outcome.