ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico ~ (MSNBC) ~ The summer has been brutal to New Mexico. The Las Conchas fire has burned through much of the state, pushing bears from their natural habitat, placing nuclear facilities in danger and torching sacred American Indian lands. The fire doesn’t seem to be without a sense of humor as it spared over 9,000 marijuana plants.
The plants are valued at around $10 million and thus far cannot be connected to a particular owner. There are two suspects in the sophisticated growing operation but so far there is not enough evidence to warrant an arrest.
The operation sits in the back of Bandelier National Monument and according to Superintendent Jason Lott, “it (was) much bigger and more sophisticated than we ever expected.” He also stated in his NBC interview, “It was a lot larger than we anticipated.”
The marijuana was spotted from a helicopter surveying a flash flood, which was caused when rainfall was trapped by charred soil and loose rocks.
The New Mexico National Guard, who brought a Blackhawk helicopter to airlift the illicit drugs to an unspecified locale, assisted the Sheriff of Bernalillo County.
The pot bust was the very first on Bandelier National Monument land.
The largest fire in New Mexico recorded history was started by a fallen tree, which landed on a power line. Once the spark caught fire it spread over 244 square miles and lasted over 36 days.
At least the fire appreciates good smoke. Cue Harold and Kumar and Cheech and Chong.
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